Carlos Amigo Vallejo

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His Eminence
Carlos Amigo Vallejo
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Seville
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Appointed 22 May 1982
Term ended 5 November 2009
Predecessor José María Bueno y Monreal
Successor Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli
Ordination 17 August 1960
by Miguel Nóvoa Fuente
Consecration 28 April 1974
by Marcelo González Martín
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Carlos Amigo Vallejo
Born (1934-08-23) 23 August 1934 (age 82)
Medina de Rioseco, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Carlos Amigo Vallejo, O.F.M. (born 23 August 1934) is a Cardinal Priest and Archbishop Emeritus of Seville in the Roman Catholic Church.


Born in Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid Province, Amigo Vallejo studied medicine in Valladolid before joining the Franciscan order, later studying philosophy in Rome and psychology in Madrid.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1960, he became Archbishop of Tanger in Morocco in 1973 and then became Archbishop of Seville on 22 May 1982. Instead of going to Rome to receive his pallium from Pope John Paul II he received the pallium from Antonio Innocenti, titular archbishop of Eclano, Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, on 29 June 1982 during his installation mass at the metropolitan cathedral of Seville. Decorated with the Orden al Mérito de los Padres de la Patria Dominicana, the highest decoration granted by the Dominican Republic in February 1995. Pope John Paul created and proclaimed Archbishop Amigo Vallejo Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli in the consistory of 21 October 2003. He participated in the Papal conclave in 2005, which elected Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.[1]

On 5 November 2009, Cardinal Amigo Vallejo retired as Archbishop of Seville and was succeeded by Juan Asenjo Pelegrina.

On Saturday, 22 September 2012, Cardinal Amigo Vallejo was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as his Special Envoy to the closing celebrations of the fifth centenary (500-year-anniversary) of the arrival of Puerto Rico's first Bishop, Don Alonso Manso, set to take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 19 November 2012.[2]

He participated as a cardinal-elector in the papal conclave in 2013 which elected Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis.[3][4] Vallejo lost the right to participate in future conclaves upon reaching his 80th birthday on 23 August 2014.


  1. ^ "The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church: Conclaves of the 21st Century (2005)". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Cardinal electors – Conclave of March 2013 – Arranged in alphabetical order". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Conclave of March 2013". Salvador Miranda. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
José Maria Bueno y Monreal
Archbishop of Seville
22 May 1982 – 5 November 2009
Succeeded by
Juan Asenjo Pelegrina