Jorge Urosa Savino
|Cardinal Archbishop of Caracas|
Jorge Urosa Savino
|Appointed||19 September 2005|
|Installed||5 November 2005|
|Predecessor||Ignacio Velasco SDB|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria al Monti|
|Ordination||15 August 1967
by José Humberto Quintero Parra
|Consecration||22 September 1982
by José Alí Lebrún Moratinos
|Created Cardinal||24 March 2006|
|Birth name||Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino|
August 28, 1942 |
|Alma mater||Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda
Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas
St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto
Pontifical Gregorian University
|Coat of arms|
Jorge Urosa Savino
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Early life and ordination
Jorge Urosa was born in Caracas to Luis Manuel Urosa Joud and Ligia Savino del Castillo de Urosa. He studied humanities at Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda, and philosophy at the Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas. From 1962 to 1965, he studied theology at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto.
Urosa then attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he obtained his doctorate in dogmatic theology, until 1971. During his time at the Gregorian, he returned to Caracas to be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal José Quintero Parra on August 15, 1967.
After concluding his Roman studies in at the Pius Latin American Pontifical College, Urosa then served as a professor and the rector of the Seminary San José in Caracas. He later served as rector of the Interdiocesan Seminary in Caracas as well. Before becoming vicar general of the Archdiocese of Caracas, he was President of the Organization of Latin American Seminaries and founded a parochial vicariate in a chabolas neighborhood of Caracas.
|Ordination history of Jorge Urosa|
|Principal consecrator||José Lebrún Moratinos (Caracas)|
|Date of consecration||September 22, 1982|
|Reinaldo del Prette Lissot||February 5, 1994|
|José Valero Ruz||June 27, 1998|
|Luis Tineo Rivera||April 28, 2007|
|Jesús de Zarate Salas||January 12, 2008|
On July 6, 1982, Urosa was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas and Titular Bishop of Vegesela in Byzacena by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 22 from Archbishop José Lebrún Moratinos, with Archbishops Domingo Roa Pérez and Miguel Salas Salas, CIM, serving as co-consecrators. Urosa was later named Archbishop of Valencia on March 16, 1990, and Archbishop of Caracas on September 19, 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria ai Monti in the consistory of March 24, 2006. Urosa is only the fifth member of the College of Cardinals to hail from Venezuela, and remains eligible to participate in any future papal conclave until his eightieth birthday on August 28, 2022.
Reformed Catholic Church
Cardinal Urosa rejected the creation of the Reformed Catholic Church (Anglican) in Venezuela, whose representatives were introduced in July 2008, as in line with the Bolivarian socialism of President Hugo Chávez. He branded the group as "an irregular association".
Holy Mass and politics
Cardinal Urosa Savino of Caracas, and his auxiliary bishops, have warned against using the Mass for political purposes and declared that the Mass at which a blessing was given to the President-elect of Paraguay, former bishop Fernando Lugo, was not authorized by the archdiocese.
- Cardinal Urosa rejects the Reformed Catholic Church
- Cardinal Urosa warns Venezuelans not to use Mass for political aims
Luis Henríquez Jiménez
|Roman Catholic Archbishop of Valencia
Reinaldo del Prette Lissot
Ignacio Velasco SDB
|Roman Catholic Archbishop of Caracas
|Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria ai Monti