Joan Enric Vives i Sicília

Joan-Enric Vives i Sicília (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈan ənˈriɡ ˈbiβəz i siˈsili.ə]; born 24 July 1949) is a Spanish cleric, who has served as Bishop of Urgell since 2003,[1] and is therefore the Co-Prince of Andorra. This makes him a joint-head-of-state (alongside the President of France) and one of the two Catholic religious figures in the world who also leads a country, the other such prelate being the Pope himself (who leads Vatican City).

His Excellency The Most Reverend

Joan-Enric Vives
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Vives in 2016
Co-Prince of Andorra
Reign12 May 2003 – present
Coronation10 July 2003
PredecessorJoan Martí i Alanis
Co-PrinceJacques Chirac (until 2007)
Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012)
François Hollande (2012–2017)
Emmanuel Macron (2017–)
Bishop of Urgell
Appointed25 June 2001 (Coadjutor)
Installed12 May 2003
PredecessorJoan Martí i Alanis
Ordination24 September 1974
Consecration5 September 1993
by Ricardo María Carles Gordó
RankArchbishop ad personam
Personal details
Born (1949-07-24) 24 July 1949 (age 73)
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
  • Cornèlia Sicília Ibáñez
  • Francesc Vives i Pons
Previous post(s)Coadjutor Bishop of Urgell (2001–2003)
Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona (1993–2001)
Titular Bishop of Nona (1993–2001)
MottoParare vias Domini
Coat of armsJoan Enric Vives i Sicília's coat of arms
Styles of
Joan-Enric Vives Sicília
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor

He holds the rank of archbishop[1][2] as a personal distinction, his diocese being a suffragan diocese.[3]


Vives i Sicília was born in 1949 in Barcelona as the third son of Francesc Vives i Pons and of Cornèlia Sicília Ibáñez, who were small retailers.[1] He entered the seminary in 1965 and studied humanities, philosophy and theology.[4] In 1974, Vives was ordained a priest in his native parish Santa Maria del Taulat de Barcelona. He was later nominated as auxiliary bishop of Barcelona (and titular bishop of Nona) in 1993, and consecrated to the episcopacy and automatically became a member of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.[1] Pope John Paul II nominated him as coadjutor bishop of Urgell in 2001.[1] After two years, on the retirement of his predecessor Joan Martí Alanis in 2003, he succeeded him as Bishop of Urgell on 12 May 2003, and hence therefore as co-prince of Andorra in the Principality of Andorra located in the heights of the Pyrenees Mountains.[5] On 10 July 2003, he carried out the Constitutional Oath as the new Co-Prince of Andorra at "Casa de la Vall", Andorra la Vella. Vives i Sicília was later elevated to archbishop as a personal title by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010.[1]

Foreign honoursEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "L'Arquebisbe" [The Archbishop]. Bisbat d'Urgell (in Catalan). p. 1. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  2. ^ "¿Quién es... Enric Vives Sicilia?" [Who is… Enric Vives Sicilia?]. InfoVaticana (in Spanish). 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Bisbat d'Urgell (@BisbatUrgell)" [Bishopric of Urgell (@BisbatUrgell)]. Twitter (in Catalan). September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  4. ^ "L'Arquebisbe" [The Archbishop]. Bisbat d'Urgell (in Catalan). p. 2. Archived from the original on 17 June 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  5. ^ "RINUNCE E NOMINE, 12.05.2003" [WAIVERS AND APPOINTMENTS, 12.05.2003]. Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 12 May 2003. Archived from the original on 31 March 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  6. ^ "ENTIDADES ESTRANGEIRAS AGRACIADAS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS - Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" [FOREIGN ENTITIES AWARDED WITH PORTUGUESE ORDERS]. (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. Retrieved 1 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Presidente encontrou-se com Co-Príncipe de Andorra" [President met with Co-Prince of Andorra]. (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. 6 March 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2020.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Titular Bishop of Nona
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Urgell
Regnal titles
Preceded by Co-Prince of Andorra
Served alongside:
Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron