Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri

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Most Reverend
Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri
Bishop of Huehuetenango
Church Catholic Church
See Diocese of Huehuetenango
In office May 14, 2012 — Present
Predecessor Rodolfo Francisco Bobadilla Mata, C.M.
Successor Incumbent
Orders
Ordination June 27, 1971
Consecration January 6, 1989
Personal details
Born (1947-07-16)July 16, 1947
Guatemala City, Guatemala
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ramazzini and the second or maternal family name is Imeri.

Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri (born July 16, 1947) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in Guatemala. He has served as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of San Marcos 1988-2012. On May 14, 2012 he became the bishop of the Diocese of Huehuetenango.

Biography[edit]

Ramazzini was born in Guatemala City, and he was ordained to the presbyterate on June 27, 1971, for service to the Archdiocese of Guatemala.[1] He earned a Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican in Rome. He was a Professor and Rector of the Major Seminary of Guatemala and Pastor of one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Guatemala. On December 15, 1988, Pope John Paul II appointed then-Father Ramazzini as the Bishop of San Marcos. He was ordained a Bishop by the Pope on January 6, 1989. The Principal Co-Consecrators were Archbishops Edward Idris Cassidy and José Tomás Sánchez.

As a priest and Bishop he has been involved in social justice issues, especially in the area of protecting the rights of indigenous people.[2] He has fought against multinational corporations who come to Guatemala for its mineral wealth while destroying the countryside.[3] Bishop Ramazzini has empowered the poor and marginalized and fostered civil courage to fight against the injustice they experience. He has received many death threats because of his work,[2] and has received official letters of support from the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.[3]

In 2005 Bishop Ramazzini received the Konrad Lorenz Award. The same year he testified before the International Relations Sub-committee on the Western Hemisphere of the United States House of Representatives. He was elected as the President of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala in 2006. In 2011 he received the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, in honor of his social justice work.[3]

He has held many positions in the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala and as of 2013 chaired the Commission for Social Communications and the Commission for Prison Ministry.

Bishop Ramazzini participated in the CELAM Assembly in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007, and before that, at the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops in 1997.

On Monday, May 14, 2012, he was transferred to be the bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, following the acceptance by Pope Benedict XVI of the resignation offered by Bishop Rodolfo Francisco Bobadilla Mata, C.M., upon having reached the age limit of 75.[4][5]

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