Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin (born October 17, 1950) is a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of Lyon in France. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.


Early life and ordination

Born in Rabat in 1950 (Morocco was then a French protectorate), Barbarin studied for the priesthood in Paris. He was ordained on December 17, 1977, by Bishop Robert de Provenchères of Créteil.

Pastoral work

Barbarin was involved in pastoral work until 1994, when he taught theology in the Archdiocese of Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.

Bishop and Archbishop

On October 1, 1998, he was appointed Bishop of Moulins, and received his episcopal consecration on the following November 22 from the Jesuit Archbishop Philibert Randriambololona of Fianarantsoa (with Bishops André Quélen and Daniel Labille serving as co-consecrators). Barbarin was promoted to Archbishop of Lyon on July 16, 2002.


Styles of
Philippe Barbarin
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Lyon

He was created Cardinal Priest of SS. Trinità al Monte Pincio by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of October 21, 2003. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.

Barbarin, in addition to his native French, can speak Italian, English, Spanish, German, and Malagasy.

Preceded by
Louis-Marie Billé
Archbishop of Lyon
16 July 2002–incumbent
Succeeded by

External links

ru:Барбарен, Филипп Ксавье Кристиан Иньяс Мари fi:Philippe Barbarin

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