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YOU HEUNG-SIK Card. Lazzaro


Cardinal Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Daejeon, was born on 17 November 1951 and ordained a priest for the diocese of Daejeon, becoming a coadjutor in the same diocese in 2003, and two years later took over its leadership. He headed the Peace Committee of the Korean Bishops’ Conference and visited North Korea four times, keeping the prayer and hope for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula in his heart.

In August 2014, Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik welcomed the Holy Father Francis to the diocese of Daejeon on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day.

In October 2018, he participated – at the behest of the Pope - in the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Youth.

Appointed on 11June 2021 by Pope Francis as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was conferred at the same time the title of archbishop-bishop emeritus of Daejeon.

On 11 December 2021, he was chosen as a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 27 August 2022, of the Deaconry of Gesù Buon Pastore alla Montagnola.

Member of:

  • Dicasteries: for Bishops; for Evangelization, Section for Fundamental Questions regarding Evangelization in the World; for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, for Culture and Education; for Legislative Texts.
  • Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State.