Pham Minh Mân, Archbishop of Thàn-Phô
Hô Chí Minh (Viêt Nam), was born
on 5 March 1934 in Ca Mau, diocese of Cân Tho, Vietnam. He was ordained a priest on 25 May 1965.
Following ordination, he was a teacher at the Minor
Seminary of Beato Quy in Cai Rang (Cân Tho). In 1975, due to the radical
change of political system in South Vietnam, the Church underwent
persecution and the seminaries were closed or confiscated by the State.
During this period, he was made responsible for the
formation of priests. In 1988, when six major seminaries in Vietnam were
again opened, he was appointed as rector of the Seminary of Santo Quy in
Cai Rang, and had to face numerous difficulties, including a lack of
On 22 March 1993 he was nominated Coadjutor Bishop
of the Diocese of My Tho with
the right of succession, and was ordained on 11 August.
On 1 March 1998 he was nominated Archbishop of Thàn-Phô
Hô Chí Minh.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of
21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Giustino (St. Justin).
- Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
Sacraments; for the Evangelization of Peoples;
- Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.