Fernando Quiroga Palacios

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Fernando Quiroga Palacios
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Fernando Quiroga Palacios (January 21, 1900 – December 7, 1971) was a Spanish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela from 1949 until his death and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.


Fernando Quiroga Palacios was born San Pedro de Maceda, near Maceda, Ourense, and studied at the seminary in Ourense, the Pontifical University of Santiago de Compostela, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1922, he finished his studies in 1925. While doing pastoral work in Ourense, Quiroga was also a professor and spiritual advisor at the Ourense seminary from 1925 to 1942. In 1942, he was named lectoral canon of the cathedral chapter of Valladolid, where he also did pastoral and seminary work until 1945.

On November 24, 1945, Quiroga was appointed Bishop of Mondoñedo by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on March 24, 1946, from Archbishop Antonio García y García, assisted by Bishops Francisco Blanco Nájera and José Soutop Vizoso, in the shrine of the Gran Promesa del Sagrado Corazón. Quiroga was advanced to Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela on June 4, 1949, and later Cardinal Priest of Sant'Agostino by Pius XII in the consistory of January 12, 1953.

He served as papal legate to the Marian Congress in Manila, Philippines, during December 1954, and was one of the cardinal electors in the 1958 papal conclave. From 1962 to 1965, Quiroga attended the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he participated in the conclave of 1963 that selected Pope Paul VI. The Cardinal was the first President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, serving from 1966 to 1969.

Quiroga died in Madrid, at age 71. He is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Benjamín de Arriba y Castro
Bishop of Mondoñedo
Succeeded by
Mariano Vega Mestre
Preceded by
Carmelo Ballester y Nieto, CM
Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela
Succeeded by
Angel Suquía Goicoechea
Preceded by
Agustín Parrado y García
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Agostino
Succeeded by
Marcelo González Martín