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Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda

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Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda
Cardinal, Archbishop of Osaka-Takamatsu
In March, 2015.
Native name
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed15 August 2023
PredecessorOffice established
Other post(s)
Ordination19 March 1975
Consecration23 September 2011
by Joseph Atsumi Misue
Created cardinal28 June 2018
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda

(1949-03-03) 3 March 1949 (age 75)
Tsuwasaki, Kami Goto, Japan
Previous post(s)Bishop of Hiroshima (2011-14)
Archbishop of Osaka (2014-23)
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
Ordination history of
Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda
Priestly ordination
Ordained byJoseph Asajiro Satowaki (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki)
Date19 March 1975
PlaceNagasaki, Japan
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJoseph Atsumi Misue (Bishop-Emeritus of Hiroshima)
Co-consecratorsLeo Jun Ikenaga (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Osaka)
Joseph Mitsuaki Takami (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki)
Date23 September 2011
PlaceHiroshima Cathedral, Hiroshima
Elevated byPope Francis
Date28 June 2018
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda as principal consecrator
Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama19 September 2016
Josep Maria Abella Batlle16 July 2018
Paul Toshihiro Sakai16 July 2018

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-Takamatsu since 2023 and was Archbishop of Osaka from 2014 to 2023. He was Bishop of Hiroshima from 2011 to 2014. Pope Francis elevated him to the cardinalate 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 until 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 Maeda a cardinal on 28 June 2018, assigning him the titular church of Santa Pudenziana.[5] On 15 August 2023, Cardinal Maeda was named Archbishop of the newly erected Archdiocese of Osaka-Takamatsu.[6]

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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.
  6. ^ "Erection of the metropolitan archdiocese of Osaka-Takamatsu, Japan, and appointment of first metropolitan archbishop". Holy See Press Office. 15 August 2023.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by 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 Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana
28 June 2018 – present