Paul Cardinal Poupard
Paul Cardinal Poupard was born in August 1930 in Anjou (France). He was ordained in 1954. Named a Cardinal on 25 May 1985, he is currently a member of the Congregations for Divine Worship, Evangelisation of Peoples and Catholic Education, and of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Besides having been awarded various civic, political and religious honours and decorations, he is a doctor honoris causa of several universities including: Aix-en-Provence, Fu Jen, Louvain, Quito, Santiago de Chile, Puebla de los Angeles.
He completed 2 doctoral theses at the Sorbonne in theology (on the links between faith and reason) and history (on Church-State relations). He has made numerous contributions to collections and articles in periodicals and encyclopaedias. His own works have been translated into Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and other languages. He was principal editor of the Dictionnaire des Religions, now in its 3rd. edition in its French and Italian versions, its 5th. in Spanish.
The Pontifical Council for Culture was founded by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Cardinal Poupard has been President since then. He was also responsible for the Secretariat for Non-Believers, later the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers, of which he was President. That Council was merged into the re-founded Pontifical Council for Culture in 1993.