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Albert Vanhoye, SJ (born 24 July 1923) is a priest of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and an exegete. He was created cardinal in 2006. He gave the 2008 Lenten Papal and Curial Retreat.

Albert Vanhoye

Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Mercede e Sant'Adriano a Villa Albani
Cardinal Albert Vanhoye.jpg
Vanhoye in June 2005.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed24 March 2006
Installed28 May 2006
PredecessorJohn Krol
Other postsEcclesiastical Counsellor to the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2010 –)
Ordination25 July 1954
by Henri-Charles Dupont
Created cardinal24 March 2006
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameAlbert Vanhoye
Born (1923-07-24) 24 July 1923 (age 95)
Hazebrouck, France
DenominationCatholic (Roman Rite)
Previous postRector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1984–90)
Alma materPontifical Biblical Institute
MottoCordi tuo unitus
Coat of armsAlbert Vanhoye's coat of arms


Formation and studiesEdit

Born on 23 July 1923 at Hazebrouck, France, Albert Vanhoye entered the Society of Jesus in 1941 and studied at Jesuit Scholasticates in France and Belgium, as well as obtaining a licentiate and doctorate in sacred scripture with a thesis on the Letter to the Hebrews, from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (the Biblicum) in Rome. He was ordained priest on 25 July 1954.[1]

Teaching and researchEdit

After a stint at the French Jesuit study house of Chantilly, he became Professor of Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1963 and served as its Rector from 1984 to 1990.[2] He retired in 1998. His research and teaching dealt with the New Testament Letters, in particular the Letter to the Hebrews. During his years at the Biblicum he directed 29 theses. For a number of years he was also the Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. After 1998 he remained a Consultor for a number of dicasteries of the Roman Curia until his appointment to the College of Cardinals.


Styles of
Albert Vanhoye, SJ
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria della Mercede e Sant'Adriano a Villa Albani by Pope Benedict XVI at the consistory of 24 March 2006. Having obtained a dispensation, he was not consecrated bishop on his elevation to cardinal. Cardinal Vanhoye's coat of arms were designed by American ecclesiastical heraldic artist George N. Cannizzaro.

In November 2010 Cardinal Vanhoye was appointed by Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro as Ecclesiastical Counsellor to the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies having previously served as Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.

Main worksEdit

  • La structure littéraire de l'Epître aux Hébreux, Desclée de Brouwer, Tournai, 1963.
  • Situation du Christ. Epître aux hébreux 1 et 2, Paris, 1969.
  • Prêtres anciens, prêtre nouveau selon le Nouveau Testament, Paris, 1980.
  • La lettre aux Hébreux: Jésus-Christ, médiateur d'une nouvelle alliance, Paris, 2002.
  • " The Letter to the Hebrews: A new commentary" New York: Paulist, 2015


External linksEdit

  • "Vanhoye Card. Albert, S.I." Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.