Jorge María Mejía

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Jorge María Mejía (born 31 January 1923) is an Argentine cardinal of the Catholic Church (Roman Rite).[1] He is the archivist and librarian emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Mejía was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ordained to the priesthood for the Metropolitan See of Buenos Aires on 22 September 1945. He taught Sacred Scripture at several universities, participated at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, and was made a Chaplain of His Holiness on 20 September 1978.

Bishop[edit]

On 8 March 1986, Mejía was appointed as titular archbishop of Apollonia and an official of the Curial Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. His episcopal consecration took place on 12 April 1986 and was performed by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray with Archbishop Eduardo Martínez Somalo and Bishop Antonio María Javierre Ortas as co-consecrators.

On 5 March 1994, Mejía was named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops. Five days later on 10 March 1994, he was appointed Secretary of the College of Cardinals. On 7 March 1998, he became both the archivist and the librarian of the Vatican Secret Archives.

Cardinal[edit]

On 21 February 2001, Mejía was appointed as Cardinal-Deacon of San Girolamo della Carità by Pope John Paul II in the consistory. On 24 November 2003, he retired as archivist and librarian of the Vatican Secret Archives. On 21 February 2011, he opted for the order of Cardinal Priest with his former diaconal church elevated to the level of cardinalitial title.[2]

In 2005, Mejía was 82 at the time of the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and thus was not eligible to vote.

He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and a license in biblical science from the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

In January 2010, Mejía led the delegation from the Holy See's Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews meeting for the Commission for Dialogue between Jews and Catholics, the ninth such meeting. As of 2013, he currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the interfaith dialogue-based organization, the Elijah Interfaith Institute.[3]

On 13 March 2013, Mejía suffered a heart attack on the same day his fellow Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church.[4]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Justin Francis Rigali
Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops
5 March 1994–7 March 1998
Succeeded by
Francesco Monterisi
Preceded by
Justin Francis Rigali
Secretary of the College of Cardinals
10 March 1994–7 March 1998
Succeeded by
Francesco Monterisi
Preceded by
Luigi Poggi
Librarian of the Holy Roman Church
7 March 1998–24 November 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Tauran
Preceded by
Luigi Poggi
Archivist of the Holy Roman Church
7 March 1998–24 November 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Tauran