Kutwa, Jean-Pierre
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Sant'Emerenziana a Tor Fiorenza
Native Country: Ivory Coast
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 22 February 2014
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 22 December 2025

Jean-Pierre Kutwa was born in Blockhauss, Ivory Coast on 22 December 1945. His vocation to the priesthood was evidenced from his early childhood. He entered the seminary in 1957 and subsequently completed his theological studies at the major seminary in Anyama. He was ordained a priest on 11 July 1971. From 1971-1974 he served as vicar in the Cathedral Parish of Saint Paul du Plateau and as chaplain of the Catholic student youth group. In 1977 he was appointed as national director of catholic works, and the following year returned to the Cathedral where he served as parish priest from 1978-1995. He earned his doctorate in biblical studies in 1985. In 1987 he returned to the Ivory Coast where he served as parish priest at the Cathedral, as professor of Sacred Scripture at the seminary of Anyama, and as diocesan chaplain of the JEC. In 1995 he was assigned as parish priest of Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours in Treichville. In 1997 he was involved in a serious car accident and almost lost his life. On 16 September 2001 he was ordained Archbishop of Gagnoa, subsequent to his appointed by Pope John Paul VI. In October 2005 he participated as a delegate of the Bishops of the Ivory Coast in the Eleventh Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. On 2 May 2006, Benedict XVI transferred him to the Archdiocese of Abidjan. In the National Bishops' Conference he served as head of the Commission for the Lay Apostolate, as vice-president of the Regional Bishops' Conference of West Africa, and as deputy grand chancellor of the Catholic University of West Africa. In exercising his ministry in the nation's capital, he faced the challenges of a country that had recently lived through the tragic events of a civil war. After the violence which followed the 2010 elections, which ended only in April 2011, he repeatedly called for national reconciliation. He is the third cardinal from the Ivory Coast.