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[Updated: 06.02.2014]


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Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, C.SS.R., Archbishop emeritus of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), was born on 7 March 1936 in Vallegrande, Bolivia. He was ordained for the Redemptorists on 29 July 1962 and holds a degree in social ministry from EMACAS University, France.

He was superior of the Redemptorist community in Vallegrande and vicar forane. On 15 April 1978 he was elected titular Bishop of Apisa major and Auxiliary of La Paz, receiving  episcopal ordination on 8 June. He chaired the Episcopal Commission on the Laity, Youth and Vocations and was a member of CELAM's Commission on the Laity.

On 9 January 1982 he was transferred to the residential see of Oruro.

He attended the 1980, 1985 and 1987 Synod of Bishops and the Special Assembly for America in 1997. He was elected President of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference in 1985 and 1988, and reelected 2006-2009 and 2009-2012.

He was appointed Archbishop of Santa Cruz on 6 February 1991. He has held an Archdiocesan Synod, has actively promoted vocations and is building a new major seminary.

Archbishop emeritus of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 25 May 2013.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Giovanni Battista de' Rossi (St. John the Baptist of Rossi).

Member of:

  • Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

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