Jean Marie Balland
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Jean Marie Balland

Jean Marie Balland
Archbishop of Lyon
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed27 May 1995
Term ended1 March 1998
PredecessorAlbert Decourtray
SuccessorLouis-Marie Billé
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Pietro in Vincoli (1998)
Ordination3 September 1961
Consecration12 December 1982
by Charles-Marie-Paul Vignancour
Created cardinal21 February 1998
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameJean Marie Julien Balland
Born(1934-07-26)26 July 1934
Bué, France
Died1 March 1998(1998-03-01) (aged 63)
Lyon, France
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MottoVeritatem facientes in caritate
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Reference styleHis Eminence
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Informal styleCardinal

Jean Marie Julien Balland (26 July 1934 in Bué, Cher, France - 1 March 1998 in Lyon) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Lyon.

Early life

He entered the seminary and later attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a licentiate in philosophy in 1956, and in theology. He later attended the Sorbonne University in Paris where he graduated with doctorates in philosophy and theology. He was ordained on 3 September 1961.

After his ordination he was a faculty member of the seminary where he was ordained from 1962-1968. He was transferred, teaching at Tours from 1967-1973.


Pope John Paul II appointed him as Bishop of Dijon on 6 November 1982. He was transferred to the Metropolitan see of Reims in 1988. He was appointed as the Archbishop of Lyon on 27 May 1995. Archbishop Balland was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest in the consistory of 21 February 1998 with the titular church of San Pietro in Vincoli.

He died in 1998, eight days after becoming a cardinal.


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