Carlos Osoro Sierra

His Eminence

Carlos Osoro Sierra

Archbishop of Madrid
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Madrid
See Madrid
Appointed 28 August 2014
Installed 25 October 2014
Predecessor Antonio María Rouco Varela
Other posts
Ordination 29 July 1973

by Juan Antonio del Val Gallo
Consecration 22 February 1997

by Lajos Kada
Created cardinal 19 November 2016

by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Carlos Osoro Sierra
Born (1945-05-16) 16 May 1945 (age 75)

Castañeda, Cantabria, Spain
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Motto "Per Christum et cum ipso et in ipso"

("Through Him and with Him and in Him")
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Ordination history of

Carlos Osoro Sierra
Priestly ordination
Date 29 July 1973
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Lajos Kada
Co-consecrators Julián Barrio Barrio

José Dieguez Reboredo
Date 22 February 1997
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date 19 November 2016
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Carlos Osoro Sierra as principal consecrator
Cecilio Raúl Berzosa Martinez 14 May 2005
Styles of

Carlos Osoro Sierra
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Carlos Osoro Sierra (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos oˈsoɾo ˈsjera]; born 16 May 1945) is a Spanish Roman Catholic prelate who has served as Archbishop of Madrid since 2014 and been a cardinal since 2016.

Life [ edit ]

Osoro was born in Castañeda in northern Spain on in 1945. He studied at the Escuela Normal and taught in Santander where its bishop Juan Antonio de Val Gallo ordained him in 1973. He was the vicar general for Santander from 1976 until 1994. He received his episcopal consecration in 1997 when he was named the Bishop of Orense. Osoro became the Archbishop of Oviedo in 2002 and Archbishop of Valencia in 2009. Pope Francis named him as the Archbishop of Madrid in August 2014.[1] Osoro Sierra is considered to be an orthodox prelate known for his pastoral sensitivities.[2]

Pope Francis announced that he would elevate Osoro Sierra to the rank of cardinal on 19 November 2016, where he was made Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere.[3][4] Francis made him a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education on 23 December 2017.[5]

Pope Francis has referred to Osoro Sierra as "Don Carlos the pilgrim", alluding to the cardinal's frequent walks around his archdiocese during which he mingles with the people to get to know them better.[4][6] He has made religious vocations one of his chief priorities and in Valencia the number of seminarians grew from 51 in 2012 to 61 in 2013 due to his efforts. Upon his arrival in Madrid he planned to launch a diocesan plan for evangelization in order to reach out to those cut off from the Church and to renew vigor in the Christian faith. He invites adolescents to join him at the start of each month for a vigil in which to dialogue with them to understand their needs and concerns and he often celebrates Mass in prisons.[6][4] Osoro Sierra also visited cloistered convents when he arrived in Madrid.

Osoro Sierra was once asked whether he would define himself as a liberal or conservative prelate. But he insisted that he was "a man of the Church" and not one of labels which seek to distract the Church's work.[4]

Despite some news reports in April 2016 that Osoro had prohibited Cardinal Gerhard Müller from discussing his book at a Madrid college because Osoro deemed it "against the pope",[7] Osoro welcomed Müller to a discussion of the book on 3 May at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, a Roman Catholic university in Madrid.[8]

Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on 6 August 2019.[9]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Rocca, Francis X. (28 August 2014). "Pope names new archbishops of Madrid, Valencia". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ Andrea Gagliarducci (29 August 2014). "Choice of new Madrid archbishop marks new course for Spain's bishops". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. ^ "The new cardinals" (Press release). Vatican News Services. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Inés San Martín (9 October 2016). "The 'Spanish Francis' set to enter the College of Cardinals". Crux. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Madrid cardinal-designate seen as walking 'path where the people are'". Catholic Philly. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ Ariza, Gabriel (28 April 2016). "Osoro prohíbe una conferencia del Cardenal Müller, prefecto de Doctrina de la fe". Info Vaticana. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ "El cardenal Müller recuerda en Madrid que ningún Papa puede cambiar la doctrina sobre los sacramentos". Info Catolica (in Spanish). 3 May 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 06.07.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

José Diéguez Reboredo
Bishop of Ourense

27 December 1996 – 7 January 2002
Succeeded by

Luis Quinteiro Fiuza
Preceded by

Gabino Díaz Merchán
Archbishop of Oviedo

7 January 2002 – 8 January 2009
Succeeded by

Jesús Sanz Montes, O.F.M.
Preceded by

Agustín García-Gasco y Vicente
Archbishop of Valencia

8 January 2009 – 25 October 2014
Succeeded by

Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Preceded by

Antonio María Rouco Varela
Archbishop of Madrid

25 October 2014 – present
Succeeded by

New title Ordinary for the Faithful of Eastern Rite in Spain

6 June 2016 – present
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Loris Francesco Capovilla
Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere

19 November 2016 – present
Succeeded by

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