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UROSA SAVINO Card. Jorge Liberato




Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela), was born on 28 August 1942 in Caracas, Venezuela. He was ordained a priest on 15 August 1967 and holds a doctorate in theology.

Cardinal Urosa Savino served as vice-rector and as rector of the San Jose Seminary of El Hatillo and as rector of the interdiocesan seminary of Caracas, where he was also professor of philosophical anthropology. He was also president of the Organization of Venezuelan Seminaries and vice-president of the Organization of Latin American Seminaries.

On 13 July 1982 he was appointed titular Bishop of Vegesela in Byzacena and Auxiliary of the archdiocese of Caracas, where he aslo served as vicar general of the central zone. 

On 17 March 1990 he was appointed Archbishop of Valencia, Venezuela.

Within the Bishops’ Conference, he was appointed as the country’s delegate to the Synod for America (1997) and was president of the Episcopal Commission of Social Pastoral Service.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Urosa Savino as Archbishop of Caracas on 19 September 2005.

Created and proclaimed cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, of the Title of Santa Maria ai Monti (St. Mary ai Monti).

Member of:

  • Congregation for the Clergy;

  • Pontifical Council for Culture;

  • Pontifical Commission for Latin America;
  • Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See.

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