The Holy See Search


College of Cardinals

Biographical notes

[Updated: 24.01.2014]


Notice: the biographical notes are only a working instrument for the press.


PHAM MINH MN Card. Jean-Baptiste

Arturo Mari/L'Osservatore Romano



Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mn, Archbishop of Thn-Ph H Ch Minh (Vit Nam), was born on 5 March 1934 in Ca Mau, diocese of Cn 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 (Cn 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 professors. 

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 Thn-Ph
H Ch 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).

Member of:

  • Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Evangelization of Peoples;
  • Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.

Return to:

- List of Cardinals in alphabetical order
- Statistics

- Index Holy See Press Office
[English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]