Joan Enric Vives Sicília

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His Excellency The Most Reverend
Joan-Enric Vives
Co-Prince of Andorra
Bishop of Urgell, Archbishop ad personam
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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 (age 68)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Denomination 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 Joan-Enric Vives's coat of arms
Styles of
Joan-Enric Vives i Sicília
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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 Catholic diocese, and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. He holds the rank of archbishop and monarch.


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 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Rinuncie e Nomine — Elevazione alla Dignità Arcivescovile Ad Personam del Vescovo di Urgell (Spagna) e Coprincipe di Andorra" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-03-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ Portuguese Presidency Website, Orders search form : type "Joan-Enric Vives i" in "nome", then click "Pesquisar"

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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, Emmanuel Macron