Daniel Sturla

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Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet

Archbishop of Montevideo
Cardinal Sturla in 2021
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed11 February 2014
Installed9 March 2014
PredecessorNicolás Cotugno
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Santa Galla (2015-)
Ordination21 November 1987
Consecration4 March 2012
by Nicolás Cotugno
Arturo Fajardo
Milton Tróccoli
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet

(1959-07-04) July 4, 1959 (age 64)
Montevideo, Uruguay
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Montevideo (2011–14)
Titular Bishop of Phelbes (2011-14)
MottoServir al Señor con Alegría
(Serve the Lord with gladness)
Coat of armsDaniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Daniel Sturla
Priestly ordination
Date21 November 1987
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorNicolas Cotugno
Co-consecratorsArturo Eduardo Fajardo Bustamante
Milton Luis Troccoli Cebedio
Date4 March 2012
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Styles of
Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, SDB
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet[pronunciation?], SDB (born 4 July 1959 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan Roman Catholic prelate and the archbishop of Montevideo.


Sturla was born in a Uruguayan middle-class family. His parents died when he was a teenager. His eldest brother Martín was an important politician at the end of the 20th century.

He attended John XXIII Institute run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, in Montevideo. He entered the Salesian novitiate in 1979 and made his first religious profession on January 31, 1980. He studied theology at what was then called the Bishop Mariano Soler Theological Institute of Uruguay, and on November 21, 1987, he was ordained a priest.

After his ordination he served as vicar of the Salesian novitiate and postnovitiate, director of the Salesian aspirantate, master of novices, director of the John XXIII Institute, and professor of Church history. He earned a licentiate in theology from the Soler Theological Institute in 2006.

On October 28, 2008, he was named Salesian provincial for Uruguay, and shortly after was elected president of the Conference of Religious of Uruguay.

On December 10, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named him titular bishop of Felbes and auxiliary bishop of Montevideo. On February 11, 2014, Pope Francis promoted him to archbishop of Montevideo, Uruguay.[1] On 9 March 2014 on the occasion of his inauguration a Mass was held together with Archbishop emeritus Nicolás Cotugno and Apostolic Nuncio Anselmo Guido Pecorari; the Mass was attended by President José Mujica, Vice President Danilo Astori, former President Luis Alberto Lacalle, senator Pedro Bordaberry and the mayor of Montevideo Ana Olivera, among others.[2]

Within the Episcopal Conference of Uruguay he has been put in charge of the Departments of the Missions and of the Laity.


Sturla was created a cardinal by Pope Francis on 14 February 2015.[3] As Cardinal-Priest he was assigned the titular church of Santa Galla.[4]

In April 2015 Sturla Berhouet was appointed a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, and Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

On 18 March 2020, Pope Francis named him a member of the Commission of Cardinals of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • 1916–1917: Separación de la Iglesia y el Estado en el Uruguay, Instituto Teológico del Uruguay Mariano Soler, Libro Annual, 1993 (in Spanish)
  • ¿Santa o de Turismo? Calendario y secularización en el Uruguay, Instituto Superior Salesiano, colección Proyecto Educativo, 2010 (in Spanish)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope Francis appoints Sturla" (in Spanish). El Diario. 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Hundreds of parishioners attending Sturla's first mass as Archbishop" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. 10 March 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 18.03.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Montevideo
2014 – present
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Santa Galla