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Jules-Géraud Saliège (February 24, 1870—November 5, 1956) was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Toulouse from 1928 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1946 by Pope Pius XII.


Born in Crouzy-Haut, Saint-Flour, Jules-Géraud Saliège studied at the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris before being ordained to the priesthood on September 21, 1895. He then taught at the minor seminary in Pleaux until 1903, and at the seminary in Saint-Flour from 1903 to 1907, when he was named its rector. He was made an honorary canon of the cathedral chapter of Saint-Flour on September 14, 1905, before becoming an honorary vicar general on March 31, 1918. During World War I, he served as a military chaplain.

On October 29, 1925, Saliège was appointed Bishop of Gap by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on January 26, 1926, from Bishop Paul-Augustine Lecoeur, with Bishops Benjamin Roland-Gosselin and Hippolyte de La Celle serving as co-consecrators, in Saint-Flour Cathedral. Saliège was later named Archbishop of Toulouse on December 17, 1928.

During the Nazi occupation of France, he was outspoken in attacking the German treatment of Jews and conscription of Frenchmen[1]. For his criticism on the Nazi's and Vichy's anti-Jewish policies Liege was praised by the Vatican Newspaper.[2] Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal Priest of S. Pudenziana in the consistory of February 18, 1946. In 1950, the Cardinal excommunicated a priest within his archdiocese for rejecting the dogma of the Assumption of Mary[3]. He also encouraged the Christianization of society[4].

Saliège died in Toulouse, at age 86. He is buried in Saint-Étienne Cathedral, Toulouse.


  1. TIME Magazine. The Roads to Rome January 7, 1946
  2. Rychlak, Ronald. Goldhagen v. Pius XII, "The French Bishops" subsection.
  3. TIME Magazine. Heretic January 31, 1955
  4. TIME Magazine. The Vineyard March 1, 1948

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Preceded by
Gabriel-Roch de Llobet
Bishop of Gap
Succeeded by
Camille Pic
Preceded by
Jean-Augustin Germain
Archbishop of Toulouse
Succeeded by
Gabriel-Marie Garrone
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