Fray Tomás de Berlanga
Tomás de Berlanga
|Bishop of Panama|
Statue of Fray Tomás in Berlanga de Duero
|Diocese||Diocese of Panama.|
|Predecessor||Vicente de Valverde|
|Successor||Pablo de Torres|
by Francisco Mendoza de Bobadilla
Berlanga de Duero, Spain
|Died||8 August 1551 (age 64)|
Tomás de Berlanga was born in Berlanga de Duero in Soria, Spain. On February 11, 1534, Pope Clement VII appointed him Bishop of Panama. On May 17, 1534, he was consecrated bishop by Francisco Mendoza de Bobadilla, Bishop of Coria. Francisco Mendoza, Bishop of Palencia and Father Francisco de Navarra y Hualde served as Co-Consecrators.
In 1535, he sailed to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro over division of territory after the conquest of the Inca Empire.:388 His ship stalled when the winds died and strong currents carried him out to the Galápagos Islands which he thus discovered on March 10, 1535. He sent an account of the adventure and discovery to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. Berlanga resigned his seat in 1537.
When Tomás de Berlanga returned to the Berlanga de Duero from America, he brought with him a cayman from the Chagres River in Panama. This cayman measured 3 meters. It is currently on display in the Colegiata de Nuestra Señora del Mercado in Berlanga de Duero.
- Fray Tomas de Berlanga - Catholic Encyclopedia article
- Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Tomás de Berlanga, O.P." retrieved November11, 2015
- GCatholic.org: "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Panamá" retrieved November 16, 2015
- Leon, P., 1998, The Discovery and Conquest of Peru, Chronicles of the New World Encounter, edited and translated by Cook and Cook, Durham: Duke University Press, ISBN 9780822321460
Vicente de Valverde
|Bishop of Panamá
Pablo de Torres