Ricard, Jean-Pierre
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: St. Augustine
Native Country: France
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 22 February 2006
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Bordeaux 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 26 September 2024

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard was born on 26 September 1944 in Marseille, France. He was ordained a priest on 5 October 1968. On 17 April 1993 he was appointed titular Bishop of Pulcheriopolis and Auxiliary of Grenoble. On 4 July 1996 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Montpellier, and on 6 September of that year he was made Bishop of the Diocese. In 1999 he went to Peru to visit the fidei donum priest of Montpellier, Fr. André Bésinet. In 2000 he went to Lebanon to meet with political and religious leaders. On 6 November 2001 he was elected President of the Bishops' Conference of France, and on 21 December 2001 he was appointed Archbishop of Bordeaux. Cardinal Ricard has worked hard to further relations with Jews and to revive bonds between the Church in France and in Africa, setting up an "African sector" and a "European sector" within the Presidency of the Bishops' Conference. In 2003 he published a book called Sept défis pour l'Eglise (Seven Challenges for the Church). On 24 March 2006 he was elevated to Cardinal and appointed Cardinal-Priest of S. Agostino. (L'Osservatore Romano)