Jean Marie Balland
Jean Balland entered the Pontifical French Seminary in Rome and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University Catholic theology and philosophy. In 1956 he completed the studies with a degree in philosophy and from in Catholic Theology. He later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he finished his studies with a doctorate in philosophy and theology. On 3 September 1961 he was ordained a priest. After his ordination he was a lecturer at the Seminary in Bourges, which he had visited. In the years 1967-1973 he taught in Tours.
Pope John Paul II appointed him on November 6, 1982 Bishop of Dijon. He received his episcopal consecration of the Archbishop of Bourges, Paul Vignancour, on 12 December of the same year in the cathedral of Dijon; Co-consecrators were the archbishop of Lyon, Albert Decourtray, and the Archbishop of Besançon, Lucien Daloz. On the occasion of his episcopal ordination, he chose the motto veritatem facientes in caritate ( " The truth in love to do "). On August 8, 1988 he was appointed John Paul II appointed Archbishop of Reims, on 27 May 1995 on the Archbishop of Lyon. On February 21, 1998 it took John Paul II as a Cardinal priest with the titular church of St. Peter in Chains in the College of Cardinals to.
Cardinal Balland died on 1 March of the same year at the age of 63 years in a Lyon hospital from the effects of cancer.