Pedro Rubiano Sáenz

His Eminence

Pedro Rubiano Sáenz
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Bogotá
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See Bogotá (emeritus)
Installed 27 December 1994
Term ended 8 July 2010
Predecessor Mario Revollo Bravo
Successor Rubén Salazar Gómez
Ordination 5 July 1956

by Julio Caicedo Téllez
Consecration 11 July 1972

by Angelo Palmas
Created cardinal February 8, 2001

by Pope John Paul II
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1932-09-13) September 13, 1932 (age 87)

Cartago, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Previous post Archbishop of Cali (1985–1994)

Diocese of Cúcuta (1971–1983)
Motto Caritas Christi urget us

Latin: The Love of Christ compels us
Coat of arms Pedro Rubiano Sáenz's coat of arms
Styles of

Pedro Rubiano Sáenz
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Bogotá

Pedro Rubiano Sáenz[pronunciation?] (born September 13, 1932) is a cardinal and Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Bogotá in the Roman Catholic Church.

Early life and ordination [ edit ]

Born in Cartago, Colombia, Rubiano Sáenz studied at the seminary in Popayán before his being ordained as a priest on 8 July 1956. He did pastoral ministry 1956–1971. Pastor and founder of the parishes of "San Pedro Claver" and of "Nuestra Señora de la Providencia". He served as treasurer and pastoral vicar of the archdiocese of Cali and vice-rector of the Major School "Santiago di Cali".

Bishop and Archbishop [ edit ]

In 1971, he was named Bishop of Cúcuta. He was consecrated only fifteen years after his ordination to the priesthood and just within the canonical limit, on 11 July 1972 in Cali, by Archbishop Angelo Palmas, nuncio to Colombia. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Cali in 1983 and was transferred to the metropolitan and primatial see of Bogotá, 27 December 1994. From 1990 to 1996, he chaired the Colombian Bishops' Conference.

Cardinal [ edit ]

Pope John Paul II proclaimed Rubiano Sáenz Cardinal-Priest of Trasfigurazione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo in the consistory of February 21, 2001. In 2002, he was elected president of the Colombian Episcopal Conference, and he was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Rubiano Sáenz's resignation as Archbishop of Bogotá was accepted by Pope Benedict on 8 July 2010. He was apostolic administrator of the archdiocese until the installation of his successor, Archbishop Jesus Salazar Gómez, on August 13, 2010.

Views [ edit ]

Abortion [ edit ]

Cardinal Rubiano Sáenz has pleaded with pro-lifers worldwide to join in a massive prayer effort to stop abortion from being legalized in the country.[1] He has warned that the procedure leads to an automatic excommunication.[2]

Colombian President [ edit ]

Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz of Bogotá expressed his opposition against conservative President Álvaro Uribe running for re-election in 2010.[3]

Chavez and FARC rebels [ edit ]

Cardinal Rubiano Saenz has said that the intervention by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is not necessary for achieving an agreement over the exchange of prisoners with the Marxists rebel group FARC.[4]

Honors [ edit ]

Sáenz has been honored with the following:

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Cardinal Pleads for Worldwide Prayers to Protect Colombia from Abortion". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  2. ^ "El aborto se sanciona con excomunión, advierte Cardenal colombiano". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  3. ^ "Colombian cardinal says president should not seek third straight term". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  4. ^ "Colombian cardinal: Chavez is not necessary to achieve agreement with FARC". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-03.

External links [ edit ]

Religious titles
Preceded by

Mario Revollo Bravo
Archbishop of Bogotá

27 December 1994–8 July 2010
Succeeded by

Jesús Salazar Gómez
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