Cardinal Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka (Japan) was born on 3 March 1949 in Tsuwasaki, Kami-Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture.
After completing his studies at the Nanzan Lyceum in Nagasaki, he entered the Saint Sulpitius Major Seminary in Fukuoka.
He was ordained on 19 March 1975 and incardinated in the diocese of Nagasaki.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following positions: parish vicar, parish priest; editor of the diocesan Bulletin and head of the diocesan Commission for Social Communications, and vicar forane.
He served as secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan from 2006 until his episcopal election.
On 23 September 2011 he was consecrated as bishop of Hiroshima.
On 20 August 2014, the Holy Father Francisco appointed him as archbishop of Osaka.
Since 2016 he has served as vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 June 2018, of the Title of Santa Pudenziana.
- Dicastery for Communication.