Birth. December 27, 1943, Ségou, Mali. His first name is also listed as Jan; and his last name as Servo.
Education. Superior studies in Lyon, France. From 1977 to 1982, he studied at the Biblical Institute, Rome, obtaining a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures.
Priesthood. Ordained, July 10, 1971, Segou. Further studies in France; and in Rome, 1977-1982. For several years, from 1982, he was parish pastor in Markala and professor at the Major Seminary of Bamako.
Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Accia and appointed auxiliary of Bamako, June 21, 1988. Consecrated, November 20, 1988, in Bamako, by Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, assisted by Luc-Auguste Sangaré, archbishop of Bamako, and by Joseph Paul Barnabé Perrot, M.Afr., bishop emeritus of San. Transferred to the see of Mopti, December 19, 1994. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Bamako, June 27, 1998. He played an important role in the peace negotiations in Mali and is committed to the efforts for reconciliation and against exclusion in the African country. He was a member of the civil delegation that met in Burkina Faso to bring peace between the military regime and political opposition parties. He has promoted dialogue with Muslims at a time when Sharia law is being imposed on Christians, despite the constitutional guarantees in Mali for freedom of religion.
Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 2017; received the red biretta, the cardinalitial ring and the title of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Tuscolana in that same consistory. On October 4, 2017, he was named member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. Took possession of his title on Sunday November 11, 2017. On December 23, 2017, the Pope named him member of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.
Webgraphy. Biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; biography, in English, Holy See Press Office; biography, in French, Wikipédia; photographs, Getty Images; El neocardenal Jean Zerbo no acudirá al consistorio del miércoles, Il Sismografo, lunedì 26 giugno 2017; No faltará ningún nuevo cardenal al Consistorio, confirma el Vaticano, by Álvaro de Juana, ACI, Vaticano, 27 Jun. 17 / 06:28 am; Concistoro, aggiornamento: saranno tutti presenti i nuovi cardinali by Andrea Gagliarducci, ACI Stampa, Bamako, 27 giugno, 2017 / 11:00 AM.
Birth. April 21, 1946, Cretas, a small Catalan-speaking village with a population of just over 580, archdiocese of Zaragoza, Spain. On of his sisters still lives there, while the other died at a young age. He was baptized and confirmed in Tortosa.
Education. He studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Zaragoza and at the Center of Personal Formation of the White Fathers in Louvain, Belgium, and in Jerusalem.
Priesthood Ordained, September 20, 1970. Vice-pastor in the archdiocese of Zaragoza; and pastor from 1990 to 1996. Episcopal vicar of Zaragoza. Chaplain of the Cisertian nuns of the Monastery of “Santa Lucia” in Zaragoza. For a year, he was a missionary in Zaïre, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Sasabe and appointed auxiliary of Zaragoza, July 15, 1996. Consecrated, September 22, 1996, at the Basilica Cathedral of Nuestra Señora del Pilar of Zaragoza, by Elías Yanes Alvarez, archbishop of Zaragoza, assisted by Joaquín Carmelo Borobia Isasa, bishop of Tarazona, and by José María Conget Arizaleta, bishop of Jaca. Member of the Episcopal Commissions for Pastoral, 1996 to 1999; and for the Apostolate of the Lay, 1999 to 2002 and 2008 to 2011. Member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Pastoral in 1996; its president from 2002 to 2008; and again, for the triennium 2014-2017. Transferred to the see of Barbastro-Monzón, October 29, 1999. Took possession of the diocese on December 12, 1999. National Counselor of Manos Unidas from 1999 to 2015. Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, of Huesca, from August 24, 2001 to December 14, 2003. Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, of Jaca, from October 19, 2001 to December 21, 2003. Transferred to the see of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño, April 8, 2004. Took possession of the diocese on May 29, 2004. On May 31, 2013, he was invested as Honorary Prior of the Virgin of Valvanera by the Chapter of Knights because of his work with the pilgrimages of the different municipalities of La Rioja during the Year of the Faith. Member of the Congregation for Bishops on November 6, 2014. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Barcelona, November 6, 2015. Took possession of the archdiocese on December 26, 2015. Member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Episcopal Conference since March 14, 2017.
Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 2017; received the red biretta, the cardinalitial ring and the title of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in that same consistory. On December 23, 2017, the Pope named him member of the Congregation for Bishops and of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature. He took possession of his title on Sunday January 21, 2018.
Webgraphy. Biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photograph and biography, in Spanish, Spanish Episcopal Conference; his photograph, Spanish Episcopal Conference; photograph and biography, in English, Wikipedia; Los obispos condenan la corrupción política como un "grave pecado", Heraldo, Efe, Madrid, 28/04/2015, 06:00; Los turolenses Omella y Abril, en uno de los máximos órganos de poder del Vaticano, Heraldo, Zaragoza, 05/11/2015, 16:50; Un obispo que predica con el ejemplo con los refugiados, Heraldo, Agencias, Zaragoza, 05/11/2015, 18:11; El aragonés Juan José Omella, nuevo arzobispo de Barcelona, Heraldo, 05/11/2015, 23:30; Los obispos catalanes dan la bienvenida a Omella, Heraldo, Agencias, Barcelona, 06/11/2015, 14:10; Omella acude a Barcelona con la mano tendida, a conocer y escuchar, Heraldo, Agencias, Logroño, 07/11/2015, 00:33; Omella toma el relevo a Sistach y asegura llegar “libre de prejuicios”, El País, Barcelona, 26 Dic 2015, 11:45 EST; Omella inicia su andadura como arzobispo de Barcelona pidiendo «no anclarse en ideologías mundanas», Europa Press, ReligiónenLibertad, 26 diciembre 2015; Juan José Omella: “Quanta gent mor de fam al món? I nosaltres dormim tan tranquils. Per què no compa, 8tv, YouTube, published on Jan 19, 2016; Omella cree que ante la ofensa del Padrenuestro blasfemo: «A veces callar es la mejor respuesta» by Montse Punsoda, ReligiónenLibertad, Barcelona, 24 febrero 2016; Las verdaderas razones por las que Omella prefirió evitar la polémica del Padrenuestro blasfemo by Jordi Picazo, ReligiónenLibertad, 29 febrero 2016; Entrevista con Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, El Periódico, YouTube, published Apr 5, 2016; Omella denuncia por fraude a un fraile de una orden religiosa, Heraldo, Efe, Barcelona, 13/04/2016, 14:17; Homilia de Mons. Juan Jose Omella, Arzobispo de Barcelona, Tekton Centro Televisivo - Noticias cristianas, YouTube, published Apr 14, 2016; Omella pide, en la fiesta de Santo Tomás Moro, que la conciencia prime sobre el interés del partido, ReligiónenLibertad, 22 junio 2016; Cristianos de base critican el talante de Omella by Camilo S. Baquero, El País, Barcelona, 12 Sep 2016, 18:15 EDT; El arzobispo Omella, contra la reforma del papa Francisco by Juan José Tamayo, El País, 15 Sep 2016, 16:56 EDT; “Se reducirán las visitas a la Sagrada Familia; es un lugar de culto” by Ana Pantaleón and Camilo S. Baquero, El País, Barcelona, 25 Sep 2016, 08:35 EDT, with video; Imposició del pal·li al Sr. Arquebisbe Mons. Juan Josep Omella, in Catalonian, Catedral Basílica de Barcelona, YouTube, streamed live on Dec 3, 2016; Omella cumple un año en Barcelona: «Con el Gobierno que sea tenemos que colaborar y entendernos», ReligiónenLibertad, 27 diciembre 2016; Omella critica que se valoren más las cosas que al ser humano, Heraldo, Efe, Barcelona, 15/01/2017, 11:28; El Papa nombra cardenal al arzobispo de Barcelona, Juan José Omella by Daniel Verdú, El País, Roma, 21 May 2017 - 16:08 CEST; El Papa nombrará cardenal al turolense Juan José Omella, Heraldo, Efe, Ciudad del Vaticano, 21/05/2017, 19:01; Appointment not about career, but service, cardinal-designate says by Junno Arocho Esteves, Crux, Rome, May 26, 2017; El Papa creará hoy cardenal al turolense Juan José Omella, con la asistencia de Puigdemont, Heraldo, Europa Press, Roma, 28/06/2017, 11:05; El Papa crea cardenal al arzobispo de Barcelona, Juan José Omella, Heraldo, Agencias, Ciudad del Vaticano, 28/06/2017, 20:43; Cardinal Omella: "I never dreamed of being a cardinal, I wanted to be a priest for the people", video, Rome Reports, 2017-06-28; Juan José Omella es creado Cardenal en Roma en el Consistorio del 28 de junio de 2017, Antonio María Domenech Guillén, YouTube, Jun 28, 2017; Juan José Omella es creado cardenal por el papa Francisco, in Catalonian, Església de Barcelona, YouTube, Jun 28, 2017; Nuevo Cardenal sorprende con alegre canto en calles de Roma, video, ACI, 30 Jun. 17 / 07:20 pm; El cardenal Omella ofrece templos y escuelas para acoger a los niños que se quedan solos en casa, Heraldo, Efe, Barcelona, 08/07/2017, 11:30; Omella castiga al cura ultra de l’Hospitalet y le deja sin parroquia by Alfonso L. Congostrina, El País, Barcelona, 23 Jul 2017, 17:25 EDT; Arzobispo suspende retiro para volver a Barcelona y obispos expresan su solidaridad, ACI, Barcelona, 17 Ago. 17 / 12:57 pm; Cardenales Blázquez y Omella rechazan justificación religiosa del atentado de Barcelona, ACI, Madrid, 18 Ago. 17 / 05:28 am.; Omella elogia la unidad para lograr la paz, en presencia de los Reyes, Rajoy y Puigdemont, Heraldo, Agencias, Barcelona, 20/08/2017, 12:44; Cardenales de España piden evitar confrontación sobre referéndum en Cataluña, ACI, Madrid, 24 Sep. 17 / 01:01 pm; Los arzobispos de Barcelona y Tarragona condenan la violencia y apelan al diálogo, Heraldo, Efe, Barcelona, 01/10/2017, 19:39; Junqueras se reúne con el Arzobispado de Barcelona, El País, Barcelona, 4 Oct 2017, 15:13 EDT; Rajoy se reúne con cardenales Osoro y Omella en medio de crisis en España by Blanca Ruiz, ACI, Madrid, 05 Oct. 17 / 01:25 pm; Arzobispo de Barcelona se pronuncia tras declaración de independencia de Cataluña, ACI, Roma, 27 Oct. 17 / 04:32 pm; El cardenal Omella desmiente que él transmitiera voluntad de violencia por parte del Estado en relación con Cataluña, Ecclesia Digital, 18 de noviembre 2017; Cardenal niega amenazas de violencia del gobierno español contra Cataluña, ACI, Madrid, 20 Nov. 17 / 11:45 am; Cardenal Omella anima a catalanes a votar “en conciencia” y “por el bien de todos” by Blanca Ruiz, ACI, Madrid, 18 Dic. 17 / 10:45 am; Trabajar por la paz y concordia. Propósitos de la Arquidiócesis de Barcelona para el 2018, Griselda Mutual, audio, vaticannews.va, Ciudad del Vaticano, 29 diciembre 2017, 12:21; Propósitos eclesiales para el nuevo año, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 31 de diciembre de 2017; Tre buoni propositi. Il cardinale Omella per il nuovo anno, L'Osservatore Romano, 02 gennaio 2018; Cardenal señala “concordia y cohesión social” como retos de Cataluña Blanca Ruiz, ACI, 4 de enero de 2018 2:58 pm; La concordia, un objetivo prioritario, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 7 de enero de 2018; Mons. Juan José Omella: Tomará posesión del título de Santa Cruz de Jerusalén, Zenit, 15 enero 2018; Omella toma posesión de su iglesia romana cardenalicia, Ecclesia Digital, 23 de enero de 2018; Juan José Omella será el pregonero de la Semana Santa de Zaragoza, Heraldo, Zaragoza, 26/01/2018, 13:48; Davanti al dolore di Mosul. Il cardinale Omella in una messa per i cristiani perseguitati, L'Osservatore Romano, 19 febbraio 2018; Calles repletas para escuchar los primeros redobles. El cardenal Omella apunta en su pregón de Zaragoza que las celebraciones son "una forma de hacer pública confesión de la fe", Heraldo, C. P. B, Zaragoza, 25/03/2018, 05:00; Los dos momentos del Domingo de Ramos, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 25 de marzo de 2018; La vida no es un negocio, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 8 de abril de 2018; Cardenal Omella a sacerdotes: “No existe mejor plan pastoral que el amor”, ACI Prensa, 10 de mayo de 2018 12:49 pm; El cardenal Omella reconoce que medió entre Rajoy y Puigdemont, Heraldo, Europa Press, Barcelona, 30/06/2018, 15:45; El cardenal Omella visita la Fundación Barça del Camp Nou, Ecclesia Digital, 11 de julio de 2018; El secreto de la felicidad, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 15 de julio de 2018; Cardenal Omella pide oraciones por Nicaragua y hace llamamiento por el diálogo, ACI Prensa, 18 de julio de 2018 5:38 am; Conocernos es querernos, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 29 de julio de 2018; Dar lo mejor de uno mismo, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 5 de agosto de 2018; Cuidar la casa común, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 26 de agosto de 2018; Dialogo con la natura. Lettera domenicale. by Juan José Omella Omella, L'Osservatore Romano, 31 agosto 2018; Omella dice que es pecado que los bancos se queden con el dinero público, Heraldo, Efe, Barcelona, 09/02/2018, 18:04; Arzobispo de Barcelona llama a la concordia ante festividad en Cataluña, ACI Prensa, 10 de septiembre de 2018 10:38 am; Los jóvenes, la gran esperanza, by Cardinal Juan José Omella, archbishop of Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 30 de septiembre de 2018; #Synod2018, Cardenal Omella: dejar libertad a los jóvenes by Griselda Mutual, vaticannews.va, Ciudad del Vaticano, 15 octubre 2018, 15:30; Sin tiempo para morir, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 4 de noviembre de 2018; Réquiem en la catedral de Barcelona por Montserrat Caballe, Ecclesia Digital, 17 de noviembre de 2018; Cardenal Omella: La Navidad es “revolución de la ternura de Dios”, ACI Prensa, 21 de diciembre de 2018 3:20 pm; Cardenal pidió romper el “gran silencio” ante el drama de la trata de personas, ACI Prensa, 21 de enero de 2019 1:58 pm; Amemos de verdad y con obras, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Eclesia Digital, 27 de enero de 2019; Cardenal Omella pidió alcanzar “un consenso educativo duradero” en España, ACI Prensa, 5 de febrero de 2019 10:49 am; Pluralismo religioso, fraternidad y diálogo, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 2 de junio de 2019; Con una sonrisa, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 28 de julio de 2019; Entre emoticonos anda el juego, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 4 de agosto de 2019; María, presencia discreta y activa, por el cardenal Juan José Omella, arzobispo de Barcelona, Ecclesia Digital, 11 de agosto de 2019; Cardenal Omella anima leer “Varón y mujer los creó” sobre ideología de género, ACI Prensa, 18 de agosto de 2019 3:29 pm.
Birth. September 24, 1949, Sorengo, diocese of Lugano, Switzerland. He moved to Sweden at a very young age. As a young boy, he was a nominal Lutheran, as are most Swedes. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. By the age of 15, he had a longing to be Catholic, through contact with Catholics in Switzerland and the Bridgettine Sisters in Sweden. He had determined that, if Truth existed, it was in the Catholic Church. He became a Catholic at the age of twenty in 1969. Reading Saint Teresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower, attracted him to Carmelite spirituality. Later, his mother also became a Catholic. He has a sister living in Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States of America.
Education. Joined the Order of the Carmelites Discalced in Norraby, Sweden, in 1971; took the perpetual vows on December 8, 1977, in Bruges, Belgium. Studied philosophy and theology in Belgium and at the Carmelite Pontifical Theological Faculty, the Teresianum, in Rome. He also studied modern languages, English, Spanish and German, at the University of Lund.
Priesthood. Ordained, September 8, 1979, in Malmö. He then lived for a long time in the Carmelite convent of Norraby, in the municipality of Svalov, in southern Sweden.
Episcopate. Elected bishop of Stockholm, November 17, 1998. Consecrated, December 29, 1998, at the cathedral of Saint Eriks, by Hubertus Brandenburg, bishop emeritus of Stockholm, assisted by William Kenney, C.P., titular bishop of Midica, auxiliary of Stockholm, and by Alfons Nossol, bishop of Opole. His episcopal motto is In Laudem Gloriae. He is the first Catholic bishop of Sweden with Swiss origin since the time of the Lutheran Reformation in the sixteenth century. President of the Episcopal Conference of Scandinavia from 2005 to 2015; elected its vice-president in 2015. Member of the Commission of Presidency of Pontifical Council for the Family from 2002 to 2009. On January 21, 2014, he was named consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He has written numerous works on spirituality and Carmelite mysticism.
Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 2017; received the red biretta, the cardinalitial ring and the title of Santa Maria degli Angeli in that same consistory. Took possession of his title on Wednesday December 6, 2017. On December 15, 2017 he was named "Swede of the Year" by Fokus. On December 23, 2017, the Pope named him member of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. On April 30, 2018, he was named special papal envoy to the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Foundation of the Abbey of Buckfast, England, programmed for May 24, 2018. On August 6, 2019, the Pope named him member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
Webgraphy. Photograph and biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photgraph and biography, in English, Holy See Press Office; photograph, arms and biography, in Italian, Wikipedia; An Interview with Bishop Anders Arborelius by Jared Litke, University of St. Thomas, December 15, 2001; Bishop Anders Arborelius: A Lutheran Who Became A Catholic Bishop - The Journey Home (7-11-2005), YouTube, published on Dec 22, 2014; Stockholm’s Bishop Preps for Pope’s Visit by Angelo Stagnaro, National Catholic Register, Stockholm Oct. 12, 2016; New Swedish cardinal elect affirming Church in peripheries, Vatican Radio, 22/05/2017 17:42; Audiencia: el futuro cardenal Arbolerius y la arzobispo luterano Jackelén regalan al Papa un icono de san Francisco by Jordi Picazo, Zenit, Ciudad del Vaticano, 14 junio 2017; From convert to Cardinal: Anders Arborelius says “as a young man, I longed to become Catholic”, video, Rome Reports, 2017-06-27; New Swedish cardinal suggests high-level advisory group of women by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, Rome, Jun. 28, 2017; Sweden’s First Cardinal Speaks With the Register by Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, Vatican City, June 29, 2017; Ruoli più ufficiali per uscire dall’ombra. Il cardinale Arborelius entra nel dibattito sulle donne nella Chiesa, L'Osservatore Romano, 11 luglio 2017; Cardinal Arborelius: 400 years after death penalty for Catholic Swedes, numbers are rising, Rome Reports, 2017/08/12; Cardinal Arborelius named 'Swede of the year', Vatican Radio, 15/12/2017 13:41; Kardinal Arborelius: „Wir müssen Geduld miteinander haben“ by Marion Sendker and Renardo Schlegelmilch, vaticannews.va, Vatikanstadt, 10 Juni 2018, 14:47, with audio; Le Pape à Genève, «un pas prophétique» selon le cardinal Arborelius by Marion Sendker with Manuella Affejee, vaticannews.va, Cité du Vatican, 20 juin 2018, 11:54; Schweden: Europäische Bischofskonferenz berät über Migration, vaticannews.va, 12 Juli 2018, 13:06; Schwedens Kardinal: Rechte der Minderheiten schützen, vaticannews.va, 10 September 2018, 14:28, with audio; Teresa de Lisieux en una iglesia luterana: Cardenal Anders Arborelius de Estocolmo bendice icono de artista Lars Gerdmar by Jordi Picazo Salomo, Ecclesia Digital, 12 de enero de 2019; Card. Arborelius: in Svezia più attenzione alle richieste di asilo dei convertiti by Benedetta Capelli, vaticannews.va, Città del Vaticano, 17 gennaio 2019, 19:37, with audio; Les chrétiens de Suède mobilisés pour le droit d’asile des migrants, entretien réalisé par Delphine Allaire, vatican news.va, Cité du Vatican, 18 janvier 2019, 11:58, with audio.
Birth. April 18, 1944, Bonha-Louang, apostolic vicariate of Vientiane. He is an ethnic Khamu (or Kmhmu, or Khmou), a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China. He is the only male in a family with five sisters. He was baptized in 1952 by his mother, who had converted to Catholicism after the arrival of the missionaries in his village. His last name is also listed as Ling. The family had a little difficulty with his wish to enter the seminary.
Education. Studied in philosophy and theology in Canada. Joined the Institute Voluntas Dei (I.D.V.), a secular institute of pontifical right. He speaks Khmu, the language of his native town; Laotian, the official language of the country; French and English.
Priesthood. Ordained, November 5, 1972, in a refugee camp, for the apostolic vicariate of Vientiane. Founder of the School of Cathechists. He organized the visits to the villages of the mountain. In 1975, he was named pastor and pro-vicar of the apostolic vicar of Vientiane. On December 2, 1975, the Democratic People's Republic of Laos, ruled by the only Communist party, was proclaimed. He had to work without permission to bring the Gospel to villages and prisons and at the end of 1984 he was jailed, with chains in arms and leg, together with Tito Bachong, until 1987. He resumed his pastoral work in his native province, Paksé, as a priest until he was named apostolic vicar in 2000.
Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Acqua Nova in Proconsulare and appointed Vicar Apostolic of Paksé, Laos, October 30, 2000. Consecrated, April 22, 2001, in the Cathedral Sacré Coeur, Paksé, by Jean Khamsé Vithavong, O.M.I., titular bishop of Moglaena, vicar apostolic of Vientiane, assisted by Jean Sommeng Vorachak, titular bishop of Muzuca di Proconsulare, vicar apostolic of Savannakhet, and by Pierre Antoine Jean Bach, M.E.P., titular bishop of Tituli di Proconsulare, former vicar apostolic of Savannakhet. In December 2016, he took part in the beatification of 17 Laotian martyrs, including priests, religious and laypeople, who were martyred for the faith between 1954 and 1970 by Communist Pathet Lao forces. Among the new Blesseds was Luc Sy (1938–1970), a layman and catechist, who was also the cardinal’s cousin. Apostolic administrator, sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis, of the apostolic vicariate of Vientiane, February 2, 2017.
Cardinalate. Created cardinal in the consistory of June 28, 2017; received the red biretta, the cardinalitial ring and the title of San Silvestro in Capite in that same consistory. On October 4, 2017, he was named member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. On December 16, 2017, the Pope named him apostolic vicar of Vientiane. On December 23, 2017, the Pope named him member of the Dicastery for the Service of the Integral Hunan Development. He took possession of his title on Sunday April 22, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Birth. September 3, 1942, from a farming family, in Sociedad, diocese of San Miguel, departament of Morazán, El Salvador. His first name is also listed as José Gregorio.
Education. Primary studies in Sociedad; and later, in Jocoro, Morazán; secondary studies in the Minor Seminary of San José de la Montaña, in San Salvador, from 1957 to 1961; studied philosophy and theology in the Central Seminary of San José de la Montaña, San Salvador, from 1962 to 1964; worked in the Seminary, 1965; and studies, 1966 to 1969. He also studied at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, from 1973 to 1976, obtaining a licentiate in social communications. Besides his native Spanish, he speaks French and has a general knowledge of English, Italian and Portuguese.
Priesthood. Ordained, January 24, 1970, in the cathedral of San Miguel, El Salvador, by José Eduardo Álvarez Ramírez, C.M., bishop of San Miguel. Episcopal secretary of the diocese of San Miguel, 1970 to 1973. Pastor of the Church El Rosario, in the city of San Miguel, 1970 to 1973. Director of the means of social communications of the diocese of San Miguel: Radio Paz and Semanario Chaparrastique, 1971 to 1973. Spiritual assessor of several pious associations and movements of lay apostolate, 1970 to 1973. Rector of the Central Seminary San José de la Montaña, San Salvador, 1977 to 1982. As rector, he became friends with Blessed Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of San Salvador, who was murdered in 1980. Professor of Theology at the Central Seminary San José de la Montaña, San Salvador, 1977 to 1982. Member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Latinamerican Seminaries, 1979 to 1982.
Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Mulli and appointed auxiliary of San Salvador, February 17, 1982. Consecrated, July 3, 1982, church of María Auxiliadora, San Salvador, by Lajos Kada, titular archbishop of Tibica, apostolic nuncio to El Salvador, assisted by José Eduardo Álvarez Ramírez, C.M., bishop of San Miguel, and by Arturo Rivera Damas, S.D.B., bishop of Santiago de María. He has been outspoken about government abuses, even publicly naming the alleged killers of four Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter, who were martyred in 1989. He has sustained death threats and accusations of being a communist. He was fundamental in the process of dialogue and negotiation that allowed to sign the peace accords in 1992 that put an end to the conflict in his country. Currently, he is pastor of the Church of San Francisco in San Salvador; and president of Caritas in El Salvador and also of Caritas for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the first auxiliary bishop to be named a cardinal. He dedicated his promotion to the cardinalate to Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero and visited his tomb to ask the martyred archbishop to accompany him in this new stage of his pastoral life.
Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 2017; received the red biretta, the cardinalitial ring and the title of Santissimo Sacramento a Tor de’ Schiavi in that same consistory. Took possession of his title on Sunday July 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. On December 23, 2017, the Pope named him member of the Dicastery for the Service of the Integral Human Development. On November 17, 2018, he was named special papal envoy to the closing of the 525th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in America, to be held in Isabela, Dominican Republic, on January 5, 2019.
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