Godfried Danneels

Godfried Maria Jules Danneels (4 June 1933 – 14 March 2019) was a Belgian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and the chairman of the episcopal conference of his native country from 1979 to 2010. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983. His resignation that he had submitted in 2008 at the age of 75 was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 January 2010.

His Eminence

Godfried Danneels
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels
Appointed19 December 1979
Term ended18 January 2010
PredecessorLeo Joseph Suenens
SuccessorAndré-Joseph Léonard
Other post(s)
  • Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Anastasia al Palatino
Ordination17 August 1957
by Emiel-Jozef De Smedt
Consecration18 December 1977
by Leo Jozef Suenens
Created cardinal2 February 1983
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameGodfried Maria Jules Danneels
Born(1933-06-04)4 June 1933
Kanegem, Tielt, Kingdom of Belgium
Died14 March 2019(2019-03-14) (aged 85)
Mechelen, Kingdom of Belgium
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma materCatholic University of Leuven, Pontifical Gregorian University
Coat of arms
Styles of
Godfried Danneels
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Cardinal Danneels in full choir dress (left)