Styles of
Jérôme Rakotomalala
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Tananarive

Jérôme Louis Rakotomalala (July 15, 1914—November 1, 1975) was a Malagasy Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Tananarive from 1960 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1969.


Jérôme Rakotomalala was born in Sainte-Marie, and studied at the Regional Seminary of Ambotaraka. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 31, 1943, and then did pastoral work in Tananarive until 1946. He served as a professor at the Ambotaraka seminary, director of Saint Peter Canisius School, and vicar general of Tananarive from 1946 to 1960.

On April 4, 1960, Rakotomalala was appointed Archbishop of Tananarive by Pope John XXIII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 8 from Pope John himself, with Bishops Napoléon-Alexandre Labrie, CIM and Fulton J. Sheen serving as co-consecrators, in St. Peter's Basilica. Rakotomalala later attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and sat on the Council's Central Preparatory Commission.

Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Marie Consolatrice al Tiburtino in the consistory of April 28, 1969. Rakotomalala was the first cardinal to hail from Madagascar as well.

The Cardinal died in Tananarive, at the age of 62. He is buried in the metropolitan cathedral of Tananarive, now called Antananarivo.

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Preceded by
Victor Sartre, SJ
Archbishop of Tananarive
Succeeded by
Victor Razafimahatratra, SJ
no:Jérôme Rakotomalala

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