Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun

Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun
Apostolic Vicar of Vientiane
Coat of arms of Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun.svg
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Vientiane
Appointed 16 December 2017
Predecessor Jean Khamsé Vithavong
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Silvestro in Capite (2017–present)
Ordination 5 November 1972
Consecration 22 April 2001

by Jean Khamsé Vitahavong
Created cardinal 28 June 2017

by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun
Born (1944-04-08) 8 April 1944 (age 76)

Bonha-Louang, Laos
Previous post
  • Apostolic Vicar of Paksé (2000–17)
  • Titular Bishop of Aquae Novae in Proconsulari (2000–17)
Motto Totus tuus

Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun I.V.D. (born 8 April 1944) is a Laotian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been a cardinal since 28 June 2017 and the Apostolic Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Vientiane, in Laos, since 16 December 2017. He is also the first Cardinal from Laos.[1]

Biography [ edit ]

He speaks Khmu, Laotian, French, and English.[2] He is sometimes referred to as Bishop or Cardinal Ling.[1][3]

He is an ethnic Khmu.[1] He was baptized a Catholic in 1952 after missionaries converted his mother.[3] In the 1960s he studied philosophy and theology at the Voluntas Dei seminary in the Diocese of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. He was ordained a priest in a hurried ceremony in a refugee camp[3] on 5 November 1972 for the Apostolic Vicariate of Vientiane, Laos. He spent the years 1984 to 1987 in prison.[3]

On 30 October 2000 Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Vicar of Paksé and titular bishop of Aquae Novae in Proconsulari. He was consecrated a bishop on 22 April 2001 by Bishop Jean Khamsé Vithavong, Apostolic Vicar of Vientiane.

He developed a system of seminary education that requires a candidate for the priesthood, after three years of study, to spend one to three years in pastoral work. He explained that they are "catechists, carrying medicines, aid, prayers for the people of the mountain. They integrate with the villagers, live as the villagers do in everything."[1]

He is a member of Institut Voluntas Dei, founded in 1958 at Trois-Rivières, Quebec. He took his first name Louis-Marie from its founder, Fr. Louis-Marie Parent [fr].

Beginning on 2 February 2017, he also served as apostolic administrator of Vientiane.

On 21 May 2017, Pope Francis announced his intention to make Mangkhanekhoun a cardinal.[4] He was made a cardinal at a consistory on 28 June 2017.[5]

On 11 December 2016, his cousin was declared a blessed in the Catholic Church, Blessed Luc Sy (1938–1970), one of the Martyrs of Laos.[6]

On 16 December 2017, Pope Francis named him Apostolic Vicar of Vientiane.[7] Francis made him a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 23 December 2017.[8]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d "New cardinal from Laos known for kindness and open-minded dialogue". America. Catholic News Service. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro il 28 giugno per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali, 21.05.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Affatato, Paolo (25 May 2017). "Il laotiano Ling dal carcere alla porpora". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Francesco annuncia la nomina di cinque nuovi cardinali". RAI News (in Italian). 21 May 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  5. ^ Brockhaus, Hannah (28 June 2017). "Pope Francis to Five New Cardinals: Jesus 'Calls You to Serve Like Him and With Him'". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ Bunson, Matthew E. (26 May 2017). "Pope Francis' Cardinals From the Peripheries". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 16.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

External links [ edit ]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Vilmos Dékány

Titular Bishop of Aquae Novae in Proconsulari

30 October 2000 – 28 June 2017
Succeeded by

Enrique Delgado
Preceded by

Thomas Khamphan
Apostolic Vicar of Paksé

30 October 2000 – 12 December 2017
Preceded by

Jean Khamsé Vithavong
Apostolic Vicar of Vientiane

12 December 2017 – present
Preceded by

Desmond Connell
Cardinal-Priest of San Silvestro in Capite

28 June 2017 – present
What is this?