|Cardinal Bishop of Palestrina|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Installed||29 September 1986|
|Successor||José Saraiva Martins|
|Ordination||14 January 1951|
by Louis Parisot
|Consecration||3 February 1957|
by Eugène Tisserant
|Created cardinal||27 June 1977|
by Pope Paul VI
|Born||8 May 1922|
|Died||13 May 2008 (aged 86)|
|Coat of arms|
Bernardin Gantin (8 May 1922 – 13 May 2008) was a Beninese prelate of the Catholic Church. He was the Dean of the College of Cardinals for nine years. He was an auxiliary bishop and then as archbishop of Cotonou. In 1971 he began his thirty-year career in The Vatican.
Pope Paul VI made him a cardinal in 1977, Pope John Paul II promoted him to the rank of cardinal bishop in 1986, and he was elected dean, the highest office in the College of Cardinals, in 1993. He retired to Benin when he turned 80.
References[change | change source]
- Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Africa's leading cardinal, has died; The Times, 14 May 2008
- "Benin starts three-day national mourning for late Cardinal Gantin". African Press Agency. 14 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2021.