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AMBROZIC Card. Aloysius Matthew

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Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic, Archbishop emeritus of Toronto, Canada, was born on 27 January 1930 in Gabrje, Slovenia, and emigrated with his family first to Austria in 1945 and then to Canada in 1948. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Toronto on 4 June 1955.

After serving for two years as a curate, he earned degrees in theology from the Angelicum and in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He taught Scripture at St. Augustine’s Seminary (1960-67) and then earned a doctorate in theology at the University of Würzburg. From 1970 to 1976 he taught New Testament exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology and served as dean of studies at St. Augustine’s.

Elected titular bishop of Valabria on 26 March 1976 and ordained auxiliary of Toronto  on 27 May 1976. He was appointed Coadjutor of the same see on 22 May 1986. He became Archbishop of Toronto on 17 March 1990.

He is the author of many written works.

He was a delegate at the Synod of 1990 on the Formation of Priests and at the Synod of 1994 on Consecrated Life.

Archbishop emeritus of Toronto, 16 December 2006.

Created and proclaimed cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 1998,  of the Title of Santi Marcellino e Pietro (Sts. Marcellinus and Peter).

Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic died on 26 August 2011.

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