Georges Cottier

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His Eminence Georges Marie Martin Cottier, O.P.
Pro-Theologian Emeritus of Prefecture of the Papal Household
Cardinal Georges Cottier at the Paul VI audience hall, 2013.
Other postsSecretary General of International Theological Commission (1989-2003)
Theologian of Prefecture of the Papal Household (1989-2003)
Pro-Theologian of Prefecture of the Papal Household (2003-2005)
Ordination2 July 1951
Consecration20 October 2003
Created Cardinal21 October 2003
RankCardinal Priest of Santi Domenico e Sisto pro hac vice
Personal details
Born(1922-04-25)25 April 1922
Céligny, Switzerland
Died31 March 2016(2016-03-31) (aged 93)
ResidenceVatican city
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Georges Marie Martin Cottier O.P., (25 April 1922 – 31 March 2016) was a Swiss Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop, Dominican, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household.

Early life[change | change source]

Cottier was born in Carouge, Switzerland. He joined the Dominican Order in 1945. Cottier studied theology and philosophy at the Pontificium Athenaeum Internationale Angelicum, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum until 1952.[1] While at the Angelicum he was ordained a priest in 1951.

Career[change | change source]

He was a professor at the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg. He became secretary of the International Theological Commission in 1989. He was nominated Pro-Theologian of the Pontifical Household in 1990. He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Tullia in 2003 and consecrated on 20 October 2003.

He was named Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Domenico e Sisto, the University Church of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum[2] by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of October 21, 2003.[3] He served 10 years as a cardinal-deacon. He was promoted to cardinal-priest by Pope Francis on June 12, 2014.[4]

Death[change | change source]

Cottier died on 31 March 2016 at the age of 93.

References[change | change source]

  1. Miano, Vincenzo (1983). L'indifference religieuse. Editions Beauchesne. p. 86. ISBN 978-2-7010-1061-8.
  2. Cf. Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Consistory of October 21, 2003: Assignment of the Titles or the Deaconries to the new Cardinals
  3. Cf. Holy See Press Office, College of Cardinals, Biographical notes, Cottier Card. Georges Marie Martin, O.P.
  4. "Assegnazione del titolo presbiterale ad alcuni cardinali diaconi creati nel consistoro del 21 ottobre 2003" (in Italian). 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2014-06-14.