Bernard Panafieu

Bernard Louis Auguste Paul Panafieu ( (listen) ; 26 January 1931 – 12 November 2017) was a French prelate of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Marseille from 1995 until his retirement in 2006. He was made a cardinal in 2003.

His Eminence

Bernard Louis Auguste Paul Panafieu
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Marseille
Bernard Panafieu.jpg
Cardinal Panafieu at a press conference in 2009
ChurchRoman Catholic
Installed22 April 1995
Term ended12 May 2006
PredecessorCardinal Robert-Joseph Coffy
SuccessorGeorges Pontier
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane
Ordination22 April 1956
Consecration9 June 1974
Created cardinal21 October 2003
by John Paul II
Personal details
Born(1931-01-26)26 January 1931
Died12 November 2017(2017-11-12) (aged 86)
Venasque, France
MottoParare Viam Domini
Coat of armsBernard Louis Auguste Paul Panafieu's coat of arms
Styles of
Bernard Panafieu
Coat of arms of Bernard Panafieu.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


Panafieu was born on 26 January 1931 in Châtellerault and ordained on 22 April 1956 for the archdiocese of Albi,[1] where he served as a vicar and chaplain of the lyceum La Pérouse. He was also the chaplain of the university parish, chaplain of students in Toulouse, 1967–1970 and secretary general of the presbyteral council from 1973 to 1974.

He was appointed titular bishop of Thibilis and auxiliary bishop of Annecy on 18 April 1974 and consecrated bishop on 9 June by Claude Dupuy, Archbishop of Albi. He was named Archbishop of Aix by Pope Paul VI on 30 November 1978. He was named coadjutor bishop of Marseille on 24 August 1994 and became archbishop there on 22 April 1995. He served as the first metropolitan archbishop when Marseille was elevated to that status on 16 December 2002.[2]

In the Episcopal Conference of France he served as President of the Episcopal Committee for Inter-religious Relations and New Religious Trends, President of the Secretariat for Religious Relations with Islam, and a member of the Episcopal Commission for the Universal Mission of the Church.[1]

He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane in the consistory of 2003 by Pope John Paul II. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.[3] Pope Benedict accepted his resignation on 12 May 2006 and Panafieu retired to Vaucluse.[3] He died after an illness of several years in a hospital in Carpentras on 12 November 2017, aged 86.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Panafieu Catd. Bernard". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Décès du cardinal français Bernard Panafieu". Vatican Radio (in French). 13 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Briffod, Emilie (13 November 2017). "Le cardinal Bernard Panafieu est décédé". France Bleu (in French). Retrieved 13 November 2017.