Fernando Sebastián Aguilar

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Fernando Sebastián Aguilar

Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdiocesePamplona y Tudela
SeePamplona y Tudela
Appointed26 March 1993
Installed15 May 1993
Term ended31 July 2007
PredecessorJosé María Cirarda Lachiondo
SuccessorFrancisco Pérez González
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sant'Angela Merici (2014-19)
Ordination28 June 1953
by Benjamín de Arriba y Castro
Consecration29 September 1979
by Vicente Enrique y Tarancón
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born(1929-12-14)14 December 1929
Calatayud, Spain
Died24 January 2019(2019-01-24) (aged 89)
Málaga, Spain
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Alma mater
MottoVeritas in Caritate
(Truth in Love)
Coat of armsFernando Sebastián Aguilar's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Fernando Sebastián Aguilar
Priestly ordination
Ordained byBenjamín de Arriba y Castro
Date28 June 1953
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorVicente Enrique y Tarancón
Co-consecratorsGabino Díaz Merchán
José Delicado Baeza
Date29 September 1979
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Fernando Sebastián Aguilar as principal consecrator
Aquilino Bocos Merino C.M.F.16 June 2018
Styles of
Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, CMF
Coat of arms of Fernando Sebastian Aguilar.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Fernando Sebastián Aguilar CMF (Spanish pronunciation: [feɾˈnando seβasˈtjan aɣiˈlaɾ]; 14 December 1929 – 24 January 2019) was a Spanish cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela. Pope Francis created him a cardinal in a consistory of February 22, 2014.

Biography and Education[edit]

Sebastián Aguilar was born in Calatayud, Province of Zaragoza on 14 December 1929.

He entered the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians) and made his religious profession on 8 September 1946. After completing his studies in philosophy and theology in the seminaries of the congregation, he was ordained a priest on 28 June 1953.[1] Sebastián Aguilar obtained a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in 1957 with a dissertation entitled “Maternitatis divinae diversa ratio apud Didacum Alvarez et Franciscum Suarez”.[2]

He was a member of the Sociedad Mariológica Española (1959) and director of the Revista Ephemerides Mariologicae (1966). In 1966, he founded the Iglesia Viva journal which he directed until 1971. He taught dogmatic theology in his religious congregation in Valls and Salamanca. He then served as professor, from 1967, and subsequently rector, from 1971 to 1979, of the Pontifical University of Salamanca.


Sebastián Aguilar was the archbishop emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela, having been archbishop from 26 March 1993 until 31 July 2007, when he was succeeded by Francisco Pérez González. Previously, he was bishop of León from 22 August 1979 until 28 July 1983 when he stepped down. He became archbishop co-adjutor of Granada on 8 April 1988, but did not succeed to that see because he was appointed to the aforementioned Pamplona y Tudela.


Pope Francis announced on 12 January 2014 that on 22 February the archbishop, along with 18 others, would be inducted into the College of Cardinals.[3]


Sebastián Aguilar died on 24 January 2019 in Málaga at the age of 89 after having suffered a severe stroke just a few days prior on 20 January.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SEBASTIÁN AGUILAR Fernando, C.M.F." press.vatican.va.
  2. ^ http://www.iglesianavarra.org/arzobispo/mons-fernando-sebastian/biografia/ Accessed 19 June 2014
  3. ^ Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals - Vatican Radio, 12 January 2014

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Luis María de Larrea y Legarreta, OFM
Bishop of León
Succeeded by
Juan Ángel Belda Dardiñá
Preceded by
José María Cirarda Lachiondo
Archbishop of Pamplona y Tudela
1983- 2007
Succeeded by
Francisco Pérez González
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Sant’Angela Merici