|His Eminence |
Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi
|Archbishop of Osaka|
|Enthroned||December 14, 1941|
|Reign ended||February 23, 1978|
|Predecessor||Jean-Baptiste Castanier, M.E.P.|
|Successor||Paul Hisao Yasuda|
|Ordination||December 22, 1928|
|Consecration||December 14, 1941|
|Created Cardinal||March 5, 1973|
July 20, 1902|
Shittsu, Kyūshū, Japan
February 23, 1978 (aged 75)|
Osaka, Kansai, Japan
Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi (July 20, 1902—February 23, 1978) was a Japanese prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Osaka from 1941 until his death in 1978, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1973.
Taguchi was born in Shittsu, and studied at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and Pontifical Athenaeum S. Apollinare in Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood on December 22, 1928. After finishing his studies in 1931, he returned to the Archdiocese of Tokyo, where he served as a seminary professor and director general of the Catholic Press Centre until 1936. From 1936 to 1940, he was secretary of the Apostolic Delegation to Japan.
On November 25, 1941, Taguchi was appointed Bishop of Osaka by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 14 from Archbishop Paolo Marella, with Archbishop Peter Doi and Bishop Johannes Ross, S.J. serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of Tokyo. He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and was promoted to the rank of metropolitan archbishop on July 24, 1969. He also served as President of the Japanese Episcopal Conference from 1970 to 1978. Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Via in the consistory of March 5, 1973.
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