How to Address a Cardinal

Roman Catholic Cardinal

—-—-His Eminence
—-—-(Given name) Cardinal (surname)
—-—-Archbishop of (place)
—-—-His Eminence
—-—-Cardinal (given name) (surname)
—-—-Archbishop of (place)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Your Eminence:

Correspondence to a ‘cardinal’ is all done this same way. There are not separate social and official forms.

Cardinal is a rank, title, and honorific for a very high official in the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are appointed by the Pope and are members of the College of Cardinals, the body that elects the Pope. There are three ranks of cardinal:
—-Cardinal bishops are bishops of sees (a post or church) near Rome.
—-Cardinal priests are bishops outside of the vicinity of Rome. Of the archbishops who lead archdioceses in the United States only some are cardinals. Elevating an archbishop or bishop to the rank of cardinal is at the discretion of the Pope.
—-Cardinal deacons are bishops who hold positions in the curia (the papal government) in Rome.
—-—-—-—-—  Robert Hickey from Honor & Respect.

Address a Cardinal

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