Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda

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Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda
Archbishop of Osaka
Coat of arms of Thomas Aquinas Manyo.svg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed20 August 2014
PredecessorLeo Jun Ikenaga
Other posts
Ordination19 March 1975
Consecration23 September 2011
by Joseph Atsumi Misue
Created cardinal28 June 2018
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameThomas Aquino Manyo Maeda
Born (1949-03-03) 3 March 1949 (age 70)
Tsuwasaki, Kami Goto, Japan
Previous postBishop of Hiroshima (2011-14)
MottoNon ministrari sed ministrare (not to be served, but to serve; 仕えられるためではなく、仕えるために)
Coat of armsThomas Aquino Manyo Maeda's coat of arms

Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda (Japanese: 前田万葉, Hepburn: Maeda Manyō) (born 3 March 1949) is a Japanese prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Osaka since 2014. He was Bishop of Hiroshima from 2011 to 2014. Pope Francis elevated him to cardinal on 28 June 2018.


Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda was born in Tsuwasaki, Kami-Goto, in the prefecture of Nagasaki on 3 March 1949. He studied at the Liceo Nanzan of Nagasaki and entered the Major Seminary Saint Sulpice in Fukuoka. He was ordained on 19 March 1975.[1]

He was Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan from 2006 to 2011.[1]

On 13 June 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Hiroshima[2] and he was consecrated a bishop on 23 September 2011.[citation needed] He participated in the peace movement in Hiroshima and campaigned for the beatification of those called "hidden Christians", 3,400 Nagasaki Christians–more than 600 died–exiled to scattered locations throughout Japan in the middle of the nineteenth century by the Japanese government.[3]

On 20 August 2014, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Osaka.[4]

Since 2016 he has been Vice-President of the Japanese Episcopal Conference.[1]

He writes haiku and incorporates them into his sermons.[3]

Pope Francis made Manyo a cardinal on 28 June 2018, assigning him the titular church of Santa Pudenziana.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Annuncio di Concistoro il 29 giugno per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali, 20.05.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 13.06.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Japanese archbishop 'shocked' by being named cardinal". La Croix. UCANews. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 20.08.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 28.06.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Atsumi Misue
Bishop of Hiroshima
23 September 2011 – 20 August 2014
Succeeded by
Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama
Preceded by
Leo Jun Ikenaga
Archbishop of Osaka
20 August 2014 – present
Preceded by
Joachim Meisner
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana
28 June 2018 – present