Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás

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His Eminence
Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás
Cardinal, Archbishop of Toledo
Archdiocese Toledo
Installed 24 March 1898
Term ended 26 February 1909
Predecessor Antolín Monescillo y Viso
Successor Gregorio Maria Aguirre y Garcia
Other posts
Ordination 27 June 1858
by Vicente Horcos San Martín
Consecration 12 March 1876
by Juan Ignacio Moreno y Maisanove
Created Cardinal 18 May 1894
by Pope Leo XIII
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás
Born (1833-06-17)17 June 1833
Quintana del Pidio, Burgos, Kingdom of Spain
Died 26 February 1909(1909-02-26) (aged 75)
Toldeo, Kingdom of Spain
Nationality Spanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Feast day 25 February
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Title as Saint Blessed
Beatified 18 October 2009
Toledo, Spain
by Cardinal Angelo Amato (On behalf of Benedict XVI)
Styles of
Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Toledo

Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás (17 June 1833–26 February 1909) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Toledo, Primate of Spain and Patriarch of the West Indies.[1]

Ciriaco María Sancha y Hervás was born in Quintana del Pidio, Burgos province, Spain. He was educated at the University of Salamanca where he earned a licentiate in theology.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 27 June 1858. He served as the Lector of Philosophy in the Seminary of Osma. He then served in the archdiocese of Santiago de Cuba from 1862 until 1876 as chancellor-secretary and professor of moral theology in its seminary. He founded the Sisters of Charity on 5 August 1869. While the archdiocese was vacant because of the death of the archbishop in 1868, the Spanish Republican government named, without the consent of the Holy See, Fr. Pedro Llorente Miguel as successor in 1873. Monsignor José María Orberá Carrión, who was vicar capitular, and Monsignor Sancha opposed the nomination and were jailed for their opposition. The schism ended in 1874 and both were then released.


He was appointed titular bishop of Areopolis and auxiliary bishop of Toledo by Pope Pius IX on 28 January 1876. He was transferred to the see of Ávila on 27 March 1882 and again to the see of Madrid on June 10, 1886. He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Valencia on 11 July 1892.


He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Pietro in Montorio by Pope Leo XIII in the consistory of 18 May 1894. He was again transferred to the primatial and metropolitan see of Toledo on 24 March 1898 and on the same day was awarded the largely honorific title of Patriarch of the West Indies (which made him the titular head of all Spanish military bishops and chaplains). He participated in the conclave of 1903 that elected Pope St. Pius X. He died in 1909.[2]


During an audience granted on 28 April 2006 to the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, then José Martins, Pope Benedict XVI authorized promulgation of the decree declaring the heroic virtues of Cardinal Sancha y Hervás, who could thus be referred to as Servant of God.

Then in a similar audience on 17 January 2009 granted to Archbishop Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Benedict approved the decree certifying the authenticity of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal Sancha. The beatification ceremony took place on 18 October 2009, at the metropolitan cathedral of Toledo.


  1. ^ "Ciriaco María Cardinal Sancha y Hervás". Catholic-Hierarchy.
  2. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "SANCHA Y HERVÁS, Ciriaco María". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antolín Monescillo y Viso
Archbishop of Toledo
24 March 1898–26 February 1909
Succeeded by
Gregorio Maria Aguirre y Garcia