Francisco Álvarez Martínez

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His Eminence
Francisco Álvarez Martínez
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo
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Installed 23 June 1995
Term ended 24 October 2002
Predecessor Marcelo González Martín
Successor Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria "Regina Pacis" a Monte Verde
Ordination 11 June 1950
Consecration 3 June 1973
by Luigi Dadaglio
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
by Pope John Paul II
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Francisco Álvarez Martínez
Born (1925-07-14) 14 July 1925 (age 91)
Llanera, Asturias, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante (1989-1995)
  • Bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño (1976-1989)
  • Bishop of Tarazona (1973-1976)
Motto Oboedientia et Pax
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Styles of
Francisco Álvarez Martínez
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Toledo (Emeritus)

Francisco Álvarez Martínez (born 14 July 1925) is the former archbishop of the Spanish see of Toledo and a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. He was born in Santa Eulalia de Ferroñes, Llanera, Asturias.

He was appointed bishop of Tarazona on 13 April 1973 by Pope Paul VI. He was consecrated by Luigi Dadaglio, nuncio in Spain, assisted by Pedro Cantero Cuadrado, archbishop of Zaragoza, and by José Méndez Asensio, archbishop of Pamplona. He was transferred to the see of Calahora y La Calzada-Logroño on 20 December 1976 where he remained until his transfer to the see of Orihuela-Alicante on 12 May 1989. He was promoted to the metropolitan and primatial see of Toledo on 23 June 1995 just before his 70th birthday.

He was made Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Regina Pacis a Monte Verde in the consistory of 21 February 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, 24 October 2002. Barely eligible to vote at only three months before his 80th birthday, Álvarez Martínez was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.

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Preceded by
See vacant
Bishop of Tarazona
Succeeded by
Victorio Oliver Domingo
Preceded by
Abilio del Campo y de la Barcena
Bishop of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño
Succeeded by
Ramón Búa Otero
Preceded by
Pablo Barrachina y Estevan
Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante
Succeeded by
Victorio Oliver Domingo
Preceded by
Marcelo González Martín
Archbishop of Toledo
Succeeded by
Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Preceded by
José Guerra Campos
Apostolic Administrator of Cuenca
Succeeded by
Ramón del Hoyo López