André Vingt-Trois

His Eminence
André Vingt-Trois
Cardinal, Archbishop of Paris

Vingt-Trois presiding at Mass in Notre-Dame Cathedral, 8 November 2012
Church Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Archdiocese Paris
Appointed 11 February 2005
Installed 5 March 2005
Predecessor Jean-Marie Lustiger
Other posts
Ordination 28 June 1969
by François Marty
Consecration 14 October 1988
by Jean-Marie Lustiger
Created Cardinal 24 November 2007
by Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name André Armand Vingt-Trois
Born (1942-11-07) 7 November 1942
Paris, France
Nationality French
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto Sic enim Deus Dilexit Mundum
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André Vingt-Trois at the May 2012 inauguration ceremony of Francois Hollande as President of France, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
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André Armand Vingt-Trois (pronounced: [andʁe aʁmɑ̃ vɛ̃‿tʁwa]) (born 7 November 1942) is a French cardinal of the Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop of Paris, having previously served as Archbishop of Tours from 1999 to 2005. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.

Early life and ordination

André Vingt-Trois was born in Paris to Armand Vingt-Trois and Paulette (née Vuillamy). His surname, which is French for "twenty-three", is probably from an ancestor who, as a child or baby, was abandoned and found on the 23rd day of the month. Vingt-Trois completed his secondary studies at the Lycée Henri IV and entered the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice at Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1962. He then attended the Institut Catholique de Paris, from where he obtained his licentiate in moral theology. From 1964 to 1965, Vingt-Trois performed his military service in Germany. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Daniel Pezeril in October 1968 and to the priesthood by Cardinal François Marty on 28 June 1969.

Pastoral work

During his priestly ministry, he worked especially in parochial catechetics and the formation of the laity. From 1974 to 1981, Vingt-Trois was vicar at the Parisian parish of Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal. He then served as director of his alma mater of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice until 1988, also teaching moral and sacramental theology there. Vingt-Trois participated in different pastoral movements, including the Centre de préparation au mariage and the sessions of permanent formation of the clergy. He was later named vicar general of Paris, and was charged with the diocesan formation (the cathedral school and diocesan seminary), of the means of communications (Radio Notre-Dame, Paris Notre-Dame, Centre d'Information), of the familial pastoral, of the chaplains of public education and of catechetics.


On 25 June 1988, Vingt-Trois was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Paris and Titular Bishop of Thibilis by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 14 October in Notre-Dame Cathedral from Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, with Bishops Pézeril and Gabriel Vanel serving as co-consecrators. Vingt-Trois was appointed Archbishop of Tours on 21 April 1999, and Archbishop of Paris on 11 February 2005. He was installed in Paris on the following 5 March and additionally appointed Ordinary of French Catholics of the Eastern Rites on 14 March. On 5 November 2007, he was elected President of the French Episcopal Conference for a term of three years.


Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Luigi dei Francesi in the consistory of 23 November 2007. Vingt-Trois will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves until he reaches the age of 80, on 7 November 2022.

As a member of the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for the Family since 12 June 2008[1] and of the Congregation for the Clergy since 2 February 2010,[2] he participates in the plenary meetings of those departments of the Roman Curia, held as far as possible once a year.[3] On 7 March 2012 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.[4] In October 2012, he took part in the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which concerned itself with the new Evangelization for the transmission of the Christian Faith.[5]

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

Opposition to same-sex marriage

The cardinal has been a vocal opponent of efforts to introduce same-sex marriage in France. In 2013, he warned that it could incite violence and split society in France: "This is the way a violent society develops. Society has lost its capacity of integration and especially its ability to blend differences in a common project". He insisted that unless the government was not listening to French citizens, there could lead to more violence.[6]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michel Moutel, PSS
Archbishop of Tours
21 April 1999 – 11 February 2005
Succeeded by
Bernard-Nicolas Aubertin, OCist
Preceded by
Jean-Marie Lustiger
Archbishop of Paris
11 February 2005 – present
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