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Name  Alexis-Armand Charost
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Died  November 7, 1930, Rennes, France

Alexis-Armand Charost (November 14, 1860 – November 7, 1930) was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Rennes from 1921 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1922.

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Alexis Charost was born in Le Mans, and studied at the seminary in Le Mans, Pontifical French Seminary in Rome, and Catholic University of Angers. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1883, and then taught at the collège Sainte-Croix of Le Mans until 1892. Charost served as director of the Internship of Notre Dame de la Couture in Le Mans from 1892 to 1894, whence he became secretary to Archbishop Guillaume Labouré. He was later made titular canon of the cathedral chapter of Rennes in 1899, and vicar general and director of secondary studies of the same in 1909.

On February 14, 1913, Charost was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cambrai and Titular Bishop of Milopotamus by Pope Pius X. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 13 from Archbishop Auguste Dubourg, with Bishops François-Marie-Joseph Delamaire and Olivier de Durfort de Civbac serving as co-consecrators, in the metropolitan cathedral of Rennes.

Charost was later named the first Bishop of Lille on November 21 of that same year, and served as acting Chancellor of Lille Catholic University in 1915, rising to become full Chancellor in 1919. During World War I, he encouraged the Catholics under his jurisdiction to practice passive resistance against the German Empire, who had occupied Lille; the Bishop also protested the Germans' actions to Cardinal Felix von Hartmann. On June 15, 1920, he was promoted to Coadjutor Archbishop of Rennes and Titular Archbishop of Chersonesus in Zechia. Charost later succeeded Cardinal Dubourg as Archbishop of Rennes upon the latter's death on September 22, 1921.

Pope Pius XI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria della Vittoria in the consistory of December 11, 1922. Charost served as papal legate to the centennial celebrations in honor of Cardinal Charles Lavigerie in Algiers on August 25, 1925, to the fiftieth anniversary of the Catholic University of Lille on March 14, 1927, and to the celebrations in honor of St. Thérèse de Lisieux in Lisieux on September 15, 1929.

The Cardinal died in Rennes, at age 69. He is buried in the Cathedral of Rennes.


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