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Joan Enric Vives Sicília

The Most Reverend
Joan Enric Vives i Sicília
Bishop of Urgell; Archbishop 'ad personam'
See Urgell
Installed 12 May 2003
Predecessor Joan Martí i Alanis
Ordination 24 September 1974
Consecration 5 September 1993
by Ricardo María Carles Gordó
Personal details
Born (1949-07-24) 24 July 1949
Barcelona, Spain
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Coadjutor Bishop of Urgell (2001–2003)
Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona (1993–2001)
Titular Bishop of Nona (1993–2001)
Motto Parare vias Domini
Coat of arms }
Styles of
Joan Enric Vives i Sicília
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor

Joan Enric Vives i Sicília (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.


  • Life 1
  • Foreign honours 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Vives i Sicília was born in 1949 in Barcelona as the third son of Francesc Vives i Pons and of Cornèlia Sicília Ibáñez, who were small retailers. He 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 Sicília 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 him as Coadjutor Bishop of Urgell in 2001. After two years, on the retirement of his predecessor Joan Martí Alanis in 2003, he 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 Sicília was later elevated to the dignity of an Archbishop as a personal title by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010.[1]

Foreign honours


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  2. ^ Portuguese Presidency Website, Orders search form : type "Joan-Enric Vives i" in "nome", then click "Pesquisar"

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joan Martí i Alanis
Bishop of Urgell
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Joan Martí i Alanis
Co-Prince of Andorra
Served alongside:
Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande
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