Ángel Herrera Oria

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His Eminence
Ángel Herrera Oria
Servant of God
Bishop Emeritus of Málaga
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Granada
Diocese Málaga
See Málaga
Installed 24 April 1947
Term ended 19 August 1966
Predecessor Balbino Santos y Olivera
Successor Emilio Benavent Escuín
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Sacro Cuore di Maria (1965-1968)
Ordination 28 July 1940
Consecration 30 June 1947
by Gaetano Cicognani
Created Cardinal 22 February 1965
by Pope Paul VI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Ángel Herrera Oria
Born (1886-12-19)19 December 1886
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Died 28 July 1968(1968-07-28) (aged 81)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • President of the Central Board of Spanish Catholic Action (1933-1936)
  • Coadjutor of Santa Lucia (1943-1947)
Alma mater University of Salamanca
University of Deusto
Complutense University of Madrid
Motto Orationi et ministerio Verbi ("Prayer and the ministry of the Word")
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Title as Saint Servant of God
Styles of
Ángel Herrera Oria
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Málaga (Emeritus)

Ángel Herrera Oria (19 November 1886 - 28 July 1968) was a Spanish journalist and Roman Catholic politician and later a cardinal. His cause of canonization has commenced and he is referred to as a Servant of God.


Early life[edit]

He co-founded and presided (1908-1935) the Asociación Católica Nacional de Propagandistas (ACNdP) (Propagandists Catholic National Association[1]), and the rightist party Acción Nacional (named after Acción Popular) (1931), presided Spanish Catholic Action (1933-1935), and edited (1911-1933) the pre-Civil War most important Catholic newspaper, El Debate.

He studied Law at the Universities of Salamanca and Deusto, and hold his doctorate at the University of Madrid in 1908. That year, he co-founded, with the jesuit Ángel Ayala, the ACNdP. On November 1911, he purchased El Debate, a Catholic newspaper established a year before, and he made of it one of the most read newspapers in Spain. In 1912, the ACNdP established the Editorial Católica, a leading Catholic publishing house during 20th century Spain. In 1926 he founded the first Journalism School in Spain, associated with El Debate.

When the Second Republic was proclaimed, he founded the political party Acción Nacional (later named Acción Popular, as government banned the usage of term 'national' by any political party), with very little political success. In 1933, he was elected president of Spanish Catholic Action and left edition of El Debate. That same year, the ACNdP founded the Centro de Estudios Universitarios (CEU).


In 1936 he decided to become priest and began his ecclesiastical studies in the University of Fribourg. He was ordained a priest in 1940. He was assigned as coadjutor to a parish in Santander, where he founded several social initiatives. In 1944, he encouraged the establishment by the Editorial Católica of the prestigious Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos (BAC).

Episcopate and cardinalate[edit]

In 1947 he was appointed Bishop of Málaga. He advocated a large number of apostolic and social initiatives in his diocese and his homilies were very often nationwide broadcast. Spanish Catholic Action elected him as its national ecclesiastical counselor from 1949 to 1955. In 1951 he founded the Leo XIII Social Institute, later the Faculty of Arts of the Pontifical University of Salamanca (Madrid campus), and between 1958 and 1967 he presided the Editorial Católica. He participated in the Second Vatican Council and in 1965 he was appointed cardinal by Paul VI with the titular church of Sacro Cuore di Maria. He retired as bishop of Malaga in 1966 and died in 1968.


In 1996 the process of his canonization began and he was proclaimed a Servant of God.


  1. ^ Understand the term 'propaganda' in its etymological meaning.


  • García Escudero, José María: De periodista a cardenal: vida de Ángel Herrera, Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1998
  • García Escudero, José María: El pensamiento de Ángel Herrera: antología política y social, Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1987
  • Herrera Oria, Ángel: Obras completas (6 vols., edited by José Luis Gutiérrez García), Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 2002-2006
  • Sánchez Jiménez, José: El Cardenal Herrera Oria: Pensamiento y acción social, Madrid: Encuentro, 1986

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