Phạm Minh Mẫn

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Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn
Archbishop Emeritus of Hồ Chí Minh City
Native name
Gioan Baotixia Phạm Minh Mẫn
ChurchCatholic Church
MetropolisHồ Chí Minh City
SeeHồ Chí Minh City
Appointed1 March 1998
Installed2 April 1998
Term ended22 March 2014
PredecessorPaul Nguyễn Văn Bình
SuccessorPaul Bùi Văn Đọc
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino (2003)
Ordination25 May 1965
by Jacques Nguyễn Ngọc Quang
Consecration11 August 1993
by Emmanuel Lê Phong Thuận
Created cardinal21 October 2003
by John Paul II
Personal details
Phạm Minh Mẫn

(1934-03-05) 5 March 1934 (age 90)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
MottoSicut Dilexi
(As I have loved)
Coat of armsJean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn's coat of arms
Styles of
Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeHo Chi Minh City (emeritus)

Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn (Vietnamese: Gioan Baotixia Phạm Minh Mẫn) (born 5 March 1934)[1] is a Vietnamese cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and archbishop emeritus of Ho Chi Minh City.


Born in Cà Mau, Vietnam, Asia, Mẫn studied in Cần Thơ and Saigon, and was ordained a priest on 25 May 1965, serving the diocese of Cần Thơ.[citation needed]

After studying in the United States, Mẫn taught in Vietnam for a number of years. In 1993, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mỹ Tho and promoted to Archbishop of Hồ Chí Minh City in 1998. He officiated at a mass in La Vang in 1998 for the 200th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary, the largest Vietnamese Catholic event up to that time.[2]

Mẫn was elevated to cardinal in the consistory of 21 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II, and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.

On 7 March 2013, Mẫn was the last cardinal to arrive to attend the 2013 papal conclave to select the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.[3] The conclave subsequently elected Pope Francis.

On 28 September 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc, previously (since 1999) serving as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mỹ Tho, Vietnam (one of the Archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City's suffragan dioceses), as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese.[4]

On 22 March 2014, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Mẫn due to age limit. Coadjutor Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc succeeded him as Archbishop of Hồ Chí Minh City.[5]


  • 5 Mar 1934: Born in Cà Mau
  • 25 May 1965: Ordained Priest
  • 22 Mar 1993: Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mỹ Tho
  • 11 Aug 1993: Ordained Bishop
  • 1 Mar 1998: Appointed Archbishop of Hồ Chí Minh City
  • 21 Oct 2003: Appointed Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
  • 23 Nov 2003: Installed Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
  • 22 Mar 2014: Retired Archbishop of Hồ Chí Minh City


  1. ^ Metropolitan Archbishops of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh
  2. ^ "Pilgrims meet for largest Catholic festival in Vietnam". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. 15 August 1998. Retrieved 15 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Greene, Richard Allen; Smith-Spark, Laura (7 March 2013). "Final cardinal expected in Rome ahead of vote on pope". CNN. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  4. ^ "RINUNCE E NOMINE". Archived from the original on 2 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Vietnamese cardinal praised for living out God's love". 26 March 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh Succeeded by
Titular church created Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
21 October 2003 –