Pierre Veuillot

Pierre Marie Joseph Veuillot (5 January 1913 – 14 February 1968) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris.

His Eminence

Pierre Marie Joseph Veuillot
Cardinal, Archbishop of Paris
ChurchRoman Catholic
Installed1 December 1966
Term ended14 February 1968
PredecessorMaurice Feltin
SuccessorFrançois Marty
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Luigi dei Francesi
Bishop of France, Faithful of Eastern Rites
Ordination26 March 1939
Consecration1 July 1959
by Maurice Feltin
Created cardinal26 June 1967
by Paul VI
Personal details
Born(1913-01-05)5 January 1913
Paris France
Died14 February 1968(1968-02-14) (aged 55)
Paris France
BuriedNotre Dame de Paris
Previous postBishop of Angers (1959-1961)
Coadjutor Archbishop of Paris (1961-1966)
Coat of armsPierre Marie Joseph Veuillot's coat of arms
Styles of
Pierre Veuillot
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


After having frequented the first year of the graduate course of Medicine, he joined the Carmes Seminary in Rue d'Assas, Paris, near his parent home of rue du Pré-aux-Clercs. He was admitted thanks to a derogation granted by the cardinal Verdier for his bad health conditions. He graduated in Scholastic philosophy and then was enrolled in the French Army where he became an artillery official. From 1932 to 1937, he studied Letters and Philosophy at the Sorbonne University[1] where he knew Maxime Charles (whom Veuillot refused to defend in the 1958 dispute with cardinal Maurice Feltin for the Centre Richelieu, the Almshouse of Parish students) and Robert Frossard, his future auxiliary bishop.

After the degree in theology, he was ordained on 26 March 1939 in Paris by hand of the cardinal Verdier. For some months, Veuillot served as a curate in Asnières, near Paris. In 1939-1940, he was recaled in the French Army as captain[2] and then he came back to Asnières. In October 1942, he was appointed professor of philosophy at the infant seminary of Conflans[3] which was directed by the abbot Marc-Armand Lallier (1906-1988), the future bishop of Nancy. In 1942, he went to work in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

In 1947 Veuillot defended his doctoral dissertation in theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris. In occasion of the golden wedding of his parents, he met the newly nominated nuncio Mgr Roncalli who gave him the opportunity to be received in Rome by the Pope Pius XII. In 1949 he was called to assist Mgr Jacques-Paul Martin and Mgr Dominique Pichon to replace Giovanni Battista Montini, the future pope Paul VI, who had become the Vatican Secretary of State for Extraordinary Affairs until 1952, before being promoted to the charge of pro-Secretary of State and then of Archbishop of Milan, from 1954. The previous year, Veuillot received the right to bear the title of Prelate of His Holiness, a right that elevated him to the episcopal dignity and gave him the capability to start the preparatory works of the encylical Fidei donum, published in 1957 by Pius XII.[1] During this period, Veuillot share the same room with Mgr Achille Glorieux.

In 1959 Pope John XXIII appointed him Bishop of Angers. He remained in Angers until 12 June 1961, when he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Paris with the titular see of Constantia in Thracia. On 1 December 1966 he became Archbishop of Paris, and on 26 June of the following year Pope Paul VI made him Cardinal-Priest of San Luigi dei Francesi as well. He died of leukemia on 14 February 1968 at the age of 55, having been a cardinal for only 6 months.


  1. ^ a b Jacques Benoist, Biographical profile
  2. ^ An act for which he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre 1939–1945.
  3. ^ Where he had among his students Guy Lafon and [Jean-Marie Lustiger]], registered under a nickname. Cf. Robert Serraou, Lustiger, Librairie académique Perrin, 1996, p. 71.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Maurice Feltin
Archbishop of Paris
1 December 1966 – 14 February 1968
Succeeded by
François Marty