Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Denomination Roman Catholic
Coat of arms
Role Co-Princes of Andorra
Ordination September 24, 1974
|Installed 12 May 2003
Motto Parare vias Domini
Name Joan Vives
Predecessor Joan Marti i Alanis
Consecration September 5, 1993
|Born 24 July 1949 (age 66) Barcelona, Spain (1949-07-24)
Previous post Coadjutor Bishop of Urgell (2001–2003) Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona (1993–2001) Titular Bishop of Nona (1993–2001)
Office Co-Princes of Andorra since 2003
Parents Cornelia Sicilia Ibanez, Francesc Vives i Pons
Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia (born 24 July 1949) is the current Bishop of Urgell, a Roman Catholic diocese, and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. He holds the rank of Archbishop.
Vives i Sicilia was born in 1949 in Barcelona as the third son of Francesc Vives i Pons and of Cornelia Sicilia Ibanez, who were small retailers.
Joan Enric Vives Sicília entered the Seminary in 1965 and studied Humanities, Philosophy and Theology. In 1974, Vives was ordained a priest in his native parish Santa Maria del Taulat de Barcelona. Father Vives i Sicilia was later nominated as Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona (and Titular Bishop of Nona) in 1993, and consecrated to the episcopacy and automatically became a member of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.
Pope John Paul II and the Curia in the Vatican nominated Joan Enric Vives Sicília as Coadjutor Bishop of Urgell in 2001.
Co-Prince of Andorra
After two years, on the retirement of his predecessor Joan Marti Alanis in 2003, Joan Enric Vives Sicília succeeded him as Bishop of Urgell on 12 May 2003, and hence therefore as Co-Prince of Andorra in the Principality of Andorra located in the heights of the Pyrenees Mountains. On 10 July 2003, he carried out the Constitutional Oath as the new Co-Prince of Andorra at “Casa de la Vall”, Andorra la Vella. Vives i Sicilia was later elevated to the dignity of an Archbishop as a personal title by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010.
- Portugal : Grand Cross of the Order of Christ (5 March 2010).
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