Santos Abril y Castelló
Santos Abril y Castelló
|Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore|
|Appointed||21 November 2011|
|Term ended||28 December 2016|
|Predecessor||Bernard Francis Law|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Deacon of San Ponziano, Titular Archbishop of Tamada|
|Ordination||19 March 1960|
|Consecration||16 June 1985
by Agostino Casaroli
|Created cardinal||18 February 2012
by Benedict XVI
|Birth name||Santos Abril y Castelló|
21 September 1936|
|Coat of arms|
Santos Abril y Castelló
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Santos Abril y Castelló (born 21 September 1936) is a Spanish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. After a career in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See, he held a number of positions in the Roman Curia and from 2011 to 2016 was Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Biography [ edit ]
Abril y Castelló was born in Alfambra, Spain. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Teruel and Albarracín on 19 March 1960. In 1961, he went to Rome to study and obtained a doctorate in social sciences at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome.
Joining he diplomatic service of the Holy See, he worked in Pakistan, Turkey and the Second Section of the Secretariat of State in Rome. On 29 April 1985, Pope John Paul II named him Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia and Titular Archbishop of Tamada. He received his episcopal consecration on 16 June 1985 from Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli. Pope John Paul named him apostolic pro-nuncio to Cameroon on 2 October 1989 and nuncio to Yugoslavia on 24 February. On 4 March 2000 he named him nuncio to Argentina. On 9 April 2003, he named him nuncio to both Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, to which he added the title nuncio to Macedonia on 12 April.
He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. The day before the election of Pope Francis, La Stampa named Abril y Costello as a possible candidate for the papacy because he combined experience in both Latin American and the Roman Curia. The newspaper also reported that before the conclave Abril served as a mediator in discussions between factions of cardinals representing Latin America and others looking for a pope from outside the Curia.
On 15 January 2014, he was named to a five-year term as a member of the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, and on 4 March 2014, the members of that Commission elected him as their president.
His curial appointments ended when he reached the age of 80, as did his right to vote in a papal conclave.
References [ edit ]
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 04.03.2000" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 March 2000. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 09.04.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 12.04.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- "New Member Named to Bishops' Congregation". ZENIT. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Delaney, Sarah (21 November 2011). "Vatican replaces Cardinal Law as archpriest of Rome basilica". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Santa Sede: Il Toscano Mons. Pier Luigi Celata Nominato Vice Camerlengo di Santa Romana Chiesa". Toscana Oggi (in Italian). 23 July 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Names of new cardinals elevated by Pope Benedict". Reuters. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Pentin, Edward (18 February 2012). "Pope Creates 22 New Cardinals". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Galeazzi, Giacomo (12 March 2013). "Conclave, quelle prove d'intesa tra Roma e Sud America". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Gagliarducci, Andrea (16 January 2014). "New members of the Vatican bank cardinals' commission named". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Cardenal Santos Abril y Castelló elegido presidente de la Comisión Cardenalicia del 'Banco' del Vaticano" (in Italian). Aci Prensa. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 28.12.2016" (in Italian). Vatican Press Office. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
[ edit ]
- "Abril y Castelló Card. Santos". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
|Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia
29 April 1985 – 2 October 1989
|Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina
4 March 2000 – 9 April 2003
|Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 April 2003 – 21 November 2005
|Catholic Church titles|
Bernard Francis Law
|Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
21 November 2011 – 28 December 2016