Bernardo Álvarez Afonso

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The Most Reverend

Bernardo Álvarez Afonso
Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of San Cristóbal de La Laguna
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeRoman Catholic Diocese of San Cristóbal de La Laguna or Diocese of Tenerife
In office2005-
PredecessorFelipe Fernández García
Personal details
BornJuly 29, 1949
Breña Alta, La Palma-Spain
Previous postPriest
Coat of armsBernardo Álvarez Afonso's coat of arms

Bernardo Álvarez Afonso (Breña Alta, island of La Palma, in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, July 29, 1949) is a Spanish Catholic bishop, since September 2005 twelfth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife) (Spanish: Diócesis Nivariense).

On September 4, 2005 he was declared and credited bishop by Pope Benedict XVI, in the Iglesia de la Concepción (then provisional cathedral of the diocese, as the Cathedral of La Laguna was under renovation), the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Tenerife; on the same date he took canonical possession of the diocese. Álvarez is the second canary bishop in governing the diocese after Bishop Domingo Pérez Cáceres.

In a 2007 interview with local paper La Opinión de Tenerife,[1] he stated "There are adolescents of thirteen years of age who are minors and are totally in agreement and furthermore desire it. Even if you take care they provoke you." This led to a headline reading "Bishop of Tenerife blames child abuse on the children".[2]

In 2014, it was able to reopen the Cathedral of La Laguna, after twelve years closed by a major restoration.

That same year 2014, the canonization of Blessed José de Anchieta by Pope Francis took place. On April 24, the Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization presided over by the Pope was celebrated in Rome and attended by Bishop Bernardo Álvarez accompanied by a Canarian representation. José de Anchieta born in Tenerife and missionary in Brazil, became the second canary to be canonized by the Catholic Church, after the Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur in 2002.

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