Fernando Sebastián Aguilar

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His Eminence
Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, CMF
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pamplona y Tudela
See Pamplona y Tudela
In office 1993–2007
Predecessor José María Cirarda Lachiondo
Successor Francisco Pérez González
Ordination 28 June 1953
Consecration 29 September 1979
by Cardinal Vicente Enrique y Tarancón
Created Cardinal 22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1929-12-14) 14 December 1929 (age 87)
Calatayud, Spain
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Motto "Veritas in Caritate"
(Truth in Love)
Coat of arms Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, CMF's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Fernando Sebastián Aguilar
Priestly ordination
Date of ordination 28 June 1953
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Vicente Enrique y Tarancón
Co-consecrators Gabino Díaz Merchán
José Delicado Baeza
Date of consecration 29 September 1979
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date of elevation 22 February 2014
Styles of
Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, CMF
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Fernando Sebastián Aguilar CMF born 14 December 1929 in Calatayud, Spain is 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]

He 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 is 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.


He is 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. Before 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.


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]

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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