Tuesday, 21 February 2012

New Cardinal ex Nuncio to Trinidad and other West Indian islands

Pope Benedict XVI elevated D. Manuel Monteiro de Castro, 73, to the prestigious College of Cardinals in an elaborate ceremony at the Vatican on Saturday.

Born in Santa Eufémia de Prazins, Guimarães, mainland Portugal, D. Manuel was elevated to the position along with 21 other new cardinals, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the head Archdiocese of New York, and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore.

At the Vatican since 2009, D. Manuel was appointment by Benedict XVI, in January 2012, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Previously, he had served as Vatican’s secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.

The College of Cardinals is best known for forming the assembly that names the new pope. With the new appointments, there are 125 cardinals eligible to vote for a new pope and 214 total cardinals. Cardinals who are over 80 years old are not allowed to vote.

Ordained priest in 1961 he was elevated to bishop in 1985. He is the third Portuguese appointed cardinal with, namely, Cardinal Emeritus D. José Saraiva Martins and D. José Policarpo the Cardinal of Lisbon.

In 1985 D. Manuel Monteiro de Castro was appointed archbishop and pro-nuncio to the countries in the West Indies that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, including The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, and apostolic delegate for the other territories, such as the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Netherlands Antilles.

- published in the Portuguese American Journal.

Manuel Monteiro de Castro
Cardinal-Deacon of S. Domenico di Guzman
Major Penitentiary of Apostolic Penitentiary
Born: 1938.03.29 (Portugal)
Ordained Priest: 1961.07.09
Consecrated Bishop: 1985.03.23
Created Cardinal: 2012.02.18

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Bahamas (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Barbados (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Belize (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Dominica (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Jamaica (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Grenada (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Saint Lucia (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Trinidad and Tobago (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Delegate of Antille (1985.02.16 – 1990.08.21)

Titular Archbishop of Beneventum (1985.02.16 – 2012.02.18)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of Antigua and Barbuda (1987.04.25 – 1990.08.21)

Apostolic Nuncio of Honduras (1990.08.21 – 1991.04.12)

Apostolic Nuncio of El Salvador (1990.08.21 – 1998.02.02)

Apostolic Nuncio of Namibia (1998.02.02 – 2000.03.01)

Apostolic Nuncio of South Africa (1998.02.02 – 2000.03.01)

Apostolic Nuncio of Swaziland (1998.02.02 – 2000.03.01)

Apostolic Nuncio of Lesotho (1998.03.07 – 2000.03.01)

Apostolic Nuncio of Andorra (2000.03.01 – 2009.07.03)

Apostolic Nuncio of Spain (2000.03.01 – 2009.07.03)

Permanent Observer of World Tourism Organization (WTO) (2007.12.07 – 2009.07.03)

Secretary of Congregation for Bishops (2009.07.03 – 2012.01.05)

Secretary of College of Cardinals (2009.10.21 – 2012.01.05)

Major Penitentiary of Apostolic Penitentiary (2012.01.05 – ...)

Cardinal-Deacon of S. Domenico di Guzman (2012.02.18 – ...)

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