Leopoldo Brenes

His Eminence

Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano
Cardinal, Archbishop of Managua
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Brenes in 2014.
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Managua
See Managua
Appointed 1 April 2005
Predecessor Miguel Obando y Bravo
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello

President of Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua
Ordination 16 August 1974

by Miguel Obando y Bravo
Consecration 19 March 1988

by Miguel Obando y Bravo
Created cardinal 22 February 2014

by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1949-03-07) 7 March 1949 (age 71)

Nationality Nicaraguan
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto "Tu me has enviado"

("Tu me misisti")

("You have sent me")
Coat of arms Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano's coat of arms
Ordination history of

Leopoldo Brenes
Priestly ordination
Date 16 August 1974
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Miguel Obando Bravo
Co-consecrators Paolo Giglio

Arturo Rivera Damas
Date 19 March 1988
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date 22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Leopoldo Brenes as principal consecrator
Carlos Enrique Herrera Gutiérrez, OFM 24 June 2005
Silvio José Báez Ortega, OCD 30 May 2009
Rolando José Álvares Lagos 2 April 2011
Styles of

Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano (Spanish pronunciation: [le.oˈ xoˈse ˈβɾenes soˈloɾsano]; born 7 March 1949, in Ticuantepe) is a Nicaraguan Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Managua. He was previously bishop of Matagalpa.

Biography [ edit ]

He studied at Rural School of Ticuantepe, Cristóbal Rugada School of Masaya and Escuela Normal of Managua and continued his secondary studies at the National Institute of Masaya and at Colegio San José de Calasanz. He then studied at the National Seminary Nuestra Señora de Fátima of Managua (philosophy); at the Superior Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies (ISEE), Méxio (theology); at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (bachelor's degree in theology); and at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in dogmatic theology.[1] He received the diaconate on 13 January 1974.

Priesthood [ edit ]

He was ordained a priest in Managua on 16 August 1974 by Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B. He then served in a number of roles, including priest in the parishes of "Tisma", "Las Brisas", "la Asunción", and "St. Pius X" in Managua, and vicar for pastoral care and substitute vicar general of Managua.[2] He was later a priest of the parishes of Sagrada Familia, María Inmaculada, San Pío X, Espíritu Santo and Santa Rosa and San Agustín, in Managua, and vicar for pastoral care of the archdiocese of Managua and episcopal vicar for vocations and ministries.

Bishop and Archbishop [ edit ]

Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Maturba and appointed him auxiliary bishop of Managua on 13 February 1988. He was consecrated a bishop on 19 March 1988 in the cathedral of Managua by Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, Archbishop of Managua, assisted by Paolo Giglio, apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, and Arturo Rivera Damas, Archbishop of San Salvador. His episcopal motto is Tu me has enviado. He was made Bishop of Matagalpa on 2 November 1991 and made Archbishop of Managua on 1 April 2005.[1] He took possession of the see on 21 May. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2005.

In the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua he has been president of the Commission for Vocations and Ministries; secretary general of the Episcopal Conference; president of Cáritas Nacional; president of the Commission for Catechesis; and president of the Commission for Social Communications. He has served as a delegate for the Eucharistic Congresses, delegate to the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, delegate to the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), President of the CELAM Commission Family-Life-Youth, President of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC). He has been Vice-president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua and its president.

Pope Benedict named him to a five-year term as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America on 8 October 2009.[3]

Cardinal [ edit ]

On 22 February 2014, Pope Francis made him a cardinal, assigning him the titular church of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello. [4][5] On 15 January 2014 Pope Francis confirmed his membership in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America[6] and on 22 May 2014 made him a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.[7]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.04.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Brenes Solórzano Card. Leopoldo José". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.10.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ Galeazzi, Giacomo (22 February 2014). "19 new cardinals created in Consistory in the presence of two Popes". Vatican Insider. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la CREAZIONE dei Nuovi Cardinali: Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie ai Nuovi Porporati, 22.02.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.01.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.05.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Carlos Jose Santi Brugia, OFM
Bishop of Matagalpa

2 November 1991 – 1 April 2005
Succeeded by

Jorge Solorzano Perez
Preceded by

Miguel Obando Bravo
Archbishop of Managua

1 April 2005–present
Preceded by

Rene Socrates Sandigo
President of Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua

Preceded by

Michele Giordano
Cardinal Priest of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello

22 February 2014–present
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