Benito Sanz y Forés

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Benito Sanz y Fores
Archbishop of Seville, Cardinal priest of Sant'Eusebio
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See Archdiocese of Seville
Installed December 30, 1889 — November 1, 1895
Predecessor Zeferino González y Díaz Tuñón
Successor Blessed Marcelo Spinola y Maestre
Other posts Previously Archbishop of Valladolid
Created Cardinal January 16, 1893
Personal details
Born (1828-03-21)March 21, 1828
Gandía, Spain
Died November 1, 1895(1895-11-01) (aged 67)
Madrid, Spain

Benito Sanz y Fores J.C.D. S.T.D. (21 March 1828 - 1 November 1895) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Seville.

Benito Sanz was born in Gandía, Valencia Province. He was educated at the University of Valencia where he studied philosophy and law, obtaining a bachelor's degree in law in 1848. He continued his studies at the Seminary of Valencia where he received a doctorate in canon law in 1853 and in a doctorate in theology in 1857.


He was ordained on March 27, 1852 in Valencia. He worked in the Archdiocese of Valencia as a professor of canon law in its seminary from 1851–1857 and as canon magistral and vicar general. He also worked as an abbreviator in the nunciature in Spain, Madrid and served as a preacher in the Royal Court in 1864 as well as an auditor of the Sacred Rota in Madrid in 1866.


He was appointed Bishop of Oviedo by Pope Pius IX on June 22, 1868. He attended the First Vatican Council in Rome from 1869-1870. He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Valladolid on November 18, 1881 and transferred to the metropolitan see of Seville on December 30, 1889.


He was created Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Eusebio by Pope Leo XIII in the consistory of January 16, 1893. He died in Madrid two years later and was buried in the metropolitan cathedral of Seville.

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Preceded by
José Luis Montagut Rubio
Bishop of Oviedo
June 22, 1868–December 30, 1889
Succeeded by
Sebastián Herrero Espinosa de los Monteros
Preceded by
Fernando Blanco y Lorenzo
Archbishop of Valladolid
November 18, 1881–1 November 1895
Succeeded by
Mariano Miguel Gómez Alguacil y Fernández
Preceded by
Zeferino Gonzalez y Díaz Tunon
Archbishop of Seville
30 December 1889–1 November 1895
Succeeded by
Marcelo Spinola y Maestre