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Cardinal Billé

Cardinal Billé
H.E. Louis-Marie Card. BILLé
Archbishop of Lyon
18 February 1938
12 March 2002 (Aged 64)
Cardinal since:
21 February 2001
Cardinal Priest of San Pietro in Vincoli

Cardinal Louis-Marie Billé, Archbishop of Lyon (France), was born on 18 February 1938 at Fleury-lès-Aubry in the diocese of Orléans (France).

He studied for the priesthood at the major seminary of Luçon and did further studies in theology at the Catholic University of Angers and in the sacred scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and at the Biblical Institute in Jerusalem.

He was ordained on 25 March 1962 in Luçon and after further studies, taught at the Major Seminary in Luçon (1966-1972) and then at the seminary in La Roche-sur-Yon (1972-1977). From 1977-1980, he was in charge of permanent formation for the laity and animator of the National Office for permanent formation of the clergy. After this, he was episcopal vicar and archdeacon of Haut Bocage from 1980-1984.

He was appointed as Bishop of Laval on 10 March 1984 by Pope John Paul II. His episcopal consecration was conferred by Bishop Charles Paty (bishop of Luçon) on 19 May 1984. He was made Archbishop of Aix on 5 May 1995, elected President of the French Bishops' Conference on 5 November 1996 and appointed as Archbishop of the Primatial See of Lyon on 10 July 1998. He died of cancer on 12 March 2002.

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