Désiré Tsarahazana

Désiré Tsarahazana
Archbishop of Toamasina
Coat of arms of Desiré Tsarahazana.svg
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Toamasina
See Toamasina
Appointed 24 November 2008
Predecessor René Joseph Rakotondrabé
Other posts
Ordination 28 September 1986
Consecration 18 February 2001

by Michel Malo
Created cardinal 28 June 2018

by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Désiré Tsarahazana
Born (1954-06-13) 13 June 1954 (age 65)

Amboangibe, Madagascar
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Motto Sois vainqueur du mal par le bien ("Conquer evil with good")
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Désiré Tsarahazana (born 13 June 1954) is a Malagasy prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Toamasina since 2010 but served in that see prior to its elevation since 2008. He became a Cardinal in 2018.

Biography [ edit ]

Désiré Tsarahazana was born on 13 June 1954 in Amboangibe in the Sava Region of Madagascar.[1] He studied at the minor seminary in Mahajanaga from 1970 to 1976 and then continued his studies at Antsiranana ou Diego-Suarez until 1978, and then prepared for the priesthood from 1979 to 1982 and studied philosophy and theology from 1983 to 1986.[2]

He was ordained a priest on 28 September 1986.[1]

Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Fenoarivo Atsinanana on 30 October 2000 [3] He was consecrated a bishop in 18 February 2001.[1] He chose as his episcopal motto "Sois vainqueur du mal par le bien" ("Conquer evil with good").[2]

Pope Benedict XVI named him Bishop of Toamasina on 24 November 2008.[4] He became its archbishop when the diocese was raised to the status of archdiocese on 26 February 2010.[5]

He was Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar from 2006 to 2012 and since November 2012 he has been its President.[1] That Conference elected him to participate in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.[6] In February 2018 he took part in a Vatican conference on "Tackling violence committed in the name of religion".[7]

Since 2012 he has led a campaign to make establish a national pilgrimage site in Andevoranto dedicated to Henri de Solages (1786–1832), who is considered the father of Catholicism in Madagascar.[8] A stone church he had constructed was dedicated on 7 December 2014 by the papal nuncio.

In 2013, he denied that employees of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) were promoting contraception in Madagascar as the Population Research Institute charged. He said the reports were based on confusion between government health care workers, whom CRD trains in children's health and malaria prevention, with CRS employees.[9]

Pope Francis made Tsarahazana a cardinal on 28 June 2018, assigning him the titular church of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane.[10]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d "Annuncio di Concistoro il 29 giugno per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali, 20.05.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Bref biographie de l'actuel archevêque" [Brief biography of the current archbishop]. Archidiocèse de Toamasina (in French). Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.11.2000" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 November 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 24.11.2008" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 26.02.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Le Udienze, 02.02.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Membri e Sostituti eletti da Conferenze Episcopali per la XIV Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi, 31.01.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ Le Moine, Claire (28 January 2014). "L'Église de Madagascar veut créer un lieu de pèlerinage national". La Croix (in French). Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  9. ^ Sadowski, Dennis (5 August 2013). "Madagascar archbishop confirms no contraceptives in CRS programs". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 28.06.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
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Diocese established
Bishop of Fenoarivo Atsinanana

30 October 2000 – 24 November 2008
Succeeded by

Marcellin Randriamamonjy
Preceded by

René Joseph Rakotondrabé
Bishop of Toamasina

24 November 2008 – 26 February 2010
Diocese promoted
Diocese promoted Archbishop of Toamasina

26 February 2010 – present
Preceded by

Bernard Panafieu
Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane

28 June 2018 – present
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