Card. Jean Claude Hollerich appointed Relator General for the next Synod

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The Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, as Relator General of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

His Eminence Card. Hollerich, S.J., will participate in the meetings of the Ordinary Council in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops.


The article 13 of the Instruction on the Celebration of Synodal Assemblies and the Work of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops mentions the following functions of the Relator General.

§ 1. At the beginning of the Synod Assembly, the Relator General presents a Report introducing the theme to be treated; as well as to explain the Synodal working Document and specify the points on which the synodal discussion will focus.

§ 2. This Report should be submitted suitably in advance before the beginning of the Synod Assembly to the General Secretary.

§ 3. During the work of the Synod, the Relator General presides over the preparation of the Final Document to be submitted for the approval of the Synodal Fathers, and then presents it in the General Congregation.

§ 4. If circumstances so indicate, the Relator General presents a summary of the topics that emerge during the Synodal discussions, as well as clarifying certain points and providing information on the elaboration of the Final Document.

§ 5. With the dissolution of the Assembly the function of the Relator General ceases.


Biography of Card. Jean Claude Hollerich

( Born August 9, 1958 in Differdange (Luxembourg diocese), he spent his childhood in Vianden, where his family resided.


secondary education at the Clairefontaine Apostolic School and Lycée Classique de Diekirch (Luxembourg)


Begins his priestly formation at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he attended two years of philosophy and the first year of theology. (Pontificium Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum)


Entrance in the Jesuit Company


Novitiate in Wéopin/Namur (Jesuit Province of South Belgium and Luxembourg)


Pastoral internship in Luxembourg


Departure for Japan


Studies of the language and Japanese culture


Theological Studies at Sophia University Tokyo


Theological Studies at the philosophical-theological Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany


Priestly ordination in Brussels


M.A. in German language and literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Bavaria


“Das Konstantinopolitanische Glaubensbekenntnis. Eine Textuntersuchung”.


Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for EU Studies in Bonn


Final Vows in the Church of St. Ignatius in Tokyo. He passes to the Jesuit Province of Japan.


·         “Narrativity in Constantinopolitan Creed”, in: Sophia Linguistica, N. 37 (1994)

·         “Different Way of Dialogue”, in: Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 29 (1994)

·         “The origin of the grammar school”, in: "Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 30 (1995)

·         “The emergence of a national consciousness in Luxembourg”, in: Bulletin of Universities and Institutes, Sophia University, N. 32 (1997)

·         “Religion and spirituality in Yolanda Roman”, in: Bulletin linguistics and ethnology, N. 30 (2000)

·         “The French Jesuits in Siam”, in: Bulletin of the Faculty of Forgein Studies, N. 41 (2006)

·         “First Globalization: European grammar in Asia”, in: “Towards equitable language policy in Asia”, proceedings of the 5th Nitobe Symposium, Tokyo, European Institute, Sophia University, p. 61-63 (2008)

·         “The Echternach manuscripts”, in: Hitoguchisaizu no Luxemuburugu, 4, p. 6-7.

He held the following positions:


Pastoral internship at Young Christian Students in Luxembourg and with Christian Life Communities; teacher in private school Fieldgen and the French School Lycée Vauban Luxembourg


Spiritual Accompanist to the seminarians of the preparatory year at the Major Seminary of Luxembourg and head of the vocational pastoral (in parallel with studies in Munich in Bavaria)


Lecturer for German and European Studies at Sophia University Tokyo, appointed associated Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2006


Chaplain of the German parish in Tokyo since 1997: Member of the Tokyo Archdiocesan Council for missionary and pastoral works


Chaplain students of Sophia University


Provincial Delegate for Pastoral Vocation


Director of the Catholic Center of the Sophia University


Superior of a small community of Jesuits in Tokyo


Superior Scholasticate.


Rector of the Jesuit community at Sophia University, where live 65 Jesuits from different countries, and Member of the Board of Trustees from the same university.


Consultor of the Japanese Province.

April 2008 to March 2011:

Vice-Rector of the Sophia University for International Relations and Trustee for Overseas Liaisons


Archbishop of Luxembourg


President of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions

From 29/09/2017:

President of the CCEE Commission for the youth

From 8/3/2018:

President of COMECE

From 3/04/2019

President of The International Assosiation for altar boys and girls C.I.M (Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium)


Announcement of the appointment of Monsignor Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, as Cardinal by Pope Francis (consistory on 5 October 2019)


Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture


Member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

In addition, he was CEO of the Japanese Bishops’ Conference for the preparation and participation in the World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005.