Meisner, Joachim
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: S. Pudenziana
Native Country: Germany
Appointed by: John Paul II on 2 February 1983
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Cologne 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Cardinal Joachim Meisner was born on December 25, 1933, in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (present-day Wroclaw, Poland). He was ordained a priest on December 22, 1962. He served as the regional director of Caritas. On May 17, 1975, he was ordained titular bishop of Vina and auxiliary of the apostolic administration of Erfurt-Meiningen, East Germany. From 1980 to 1988, he served as bishop of Berlin. He was created a cardinal on February 2, 1983. His titular church is St. Prudenziana. He became Archbishop of Cologne on December 20, 1988. He is a member of the Congregation of the Bishops, the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Office of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.