Albert Vanhoye

Albert Vanhoye

Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Mercede e Sant'Adriano a Villa Albani
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Vanhoye in June 2005.
Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 24 March 2006
Installed 28 May 2006
Predecessor John Krol
Other posts Ecclesiastical Counsellor to the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2010–)
Ordination 25 July 1954

by Henri-Charles Dupont
Created cardinal 24 March 2006

by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth name Albert Vanhoye
Born (1923-07-24) 24 July 1923 (age 96)

Hazebrouck, France
Nationality French
Denomination Catholic (Roman Rite)
Previous post Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1984–90)
Alma mater Pontifical Biblical Institute
Motto Cordi tuo unitus
Coat of arms Albert Vanhoye's coat of arms

Albert Vanhoye, SJ (born 24 July 1923)[1] is a priest of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and an exegete. He was created cardinal in 2006. He led the 2008 Lenten Papal and Curial Retreat.[2]

Formation and studies [ edit ]

Vanhoye was born on 24 July 1923 at Hazebrouck, France. During World War II in Occupied France, Vanhoye was made to work in a factory producing gunpowder for the German war effort.[3] Albert Vanhoye entered the Society of Jesus in 1941 and studied at Jesuit Scholasticates in France and Belgium, as well as obtaining a licentiate and doctorate in sacred scripture with a thesis on the Letter to the Hebrews, from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (the Biblicum) in Rome.[4] He was ordained priest on 25 July 1954.[5]

Teaching and research [ edit ]

After a stint at the French Jesuit study house of Chantilly, he became Professor of Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1963 and served as its Rector from 1984 to 1990.[6] He retired in 1998. His research and teaching dealt with the New Testament Letters, in particular the Letter to the Hebrews. During his years at the Biblicum he directed 29 theses. For a number of years he was also the Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.[7] After 1998 he remained a Consultor for a number of dicasteries of the Roman Curia until his appointment to the College of Cardinals.

Cardinal [ edit ]

Styles of

Albert Vanhoye, SJ
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria della Mercede e Sant'Adriano a Villa Albani by Pope Benedict XVI at the consistory of 24 March 2006. Having obtained a dispensation, he was not consecrated bishop on his elevation to cardinal.[8] Cardinal Vanhoye's coat of arms were designed by American ecclesiastical heraldic artist George N. Cannizzaro.

In November 2010 Cardinal Vanhoye was appointed by Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro as Ecclesiastical Counsellor to the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies having previously served as Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.[9]

Since the death of Cardinal Etchegaray on 4 September 2019, Vanhoye has been the oldest living member of the College of Cardinals.[10]

Main works [ edit ]

  • La structure littéraire de l'Epître aux Hébreux, Desclée de Brouwer, Tournai, 1963.
  • Situation du Christ. Epître aux hébreux 1 et 2, Paris, 1969.
  • Prêtres anciens, prêtre nouveau selon le Nouveau Testament, Paris, 1980.
  • La lettre aux Hébreux: Jésus-Christ, médiateur d'une nouvelle alliance, Paris, 2002.
  • " The Letter to the Hebrews: A new commentary" New York: Paulist, 2015

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "VANHOYE Card. Albert, S.I." Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Cardinal Vanhoye: Spiritual Exercises necessary for renewal of Christian vocation". Catholic News Agency (CNA). Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ Vanhoye, SJ, Albert (2019). Daily Bread of the Word: Reflections on the Weekday Lectionary Readings. Liturgy Training Publications. p. 634. ISBN 978-1-61671-377-5. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ "The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  5. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  6. ^ Holy See Press Office
  7. ^ Williamson, Peter. "Catholicism Exegesis Today: An Interview with Albert Vanhoye". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  8. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  9. ^ "Brief History of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies". Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George - Delegation for the Caribbean. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Oldest and Youngest - Cardinals". Retrieved 16 October 2019.

External links [ edit ]

Preceded by

Roger Etchegaray
Oldest living Cardinal

4 September 2019 –
Succeeded by

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