Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino

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His Eminence
Jorge Urosa Savino
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas
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Province Caracas
Diocese Caracas
Appointed 19 September 2005
Installed 5 November 2005
Term ended 9 July 2018
Predecessor Ignacio Velasco SDB
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria al Monti
Ordination 15 August 1967
by José Humberto Quintero Parra
Consecration 22 September 1982
by José Alí Lebrún Moratinos
Created cardinal 24 March 2006
by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino
Born (1942-08-28) August 28, 1942 (age 76)
Caracas, Venezuela
Nationality Venezuelan
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Alma mater Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda
Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas
St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto
Pontifical Gregorian University
Coat of arms Jorge Urosa Savino's coat of arms
Styles of
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Caracas

Jorge (Liberato) Urosa (y Savino) (born August 28, 1942) is a Venezuelan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Caracas from 2005 to 2018. He was made a cardinal in 2006.


Early life and ordination[edit]

Jorge Urosa was born in Caracas to Luis Manuel Urosa Joud and Ligia Savino del Castillo de Urosa. He studied humanities at Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda, and philosophy at the Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas. From 1962 to 1965, he studied theology at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Urosa then attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he obtained his doctorate in dogmatic theology, until 1971. During his time at the Gregorian, he returned to Caracas to be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal José Quintero Parra on August 15, 1967.


After concluding his Roman studies in at the Pius Latin American Pontifical College, Urosa served as a professor and the rector of the Seminary San José in Caracas. He later served as rector of the Interdiocesan Seminary in Caracas as well. Before becoming vicar general of the Archdiocese of Caracas, he was President of the Organization of Latin American Seminaries and founded a parochial vicariate in a chabolas neighborhood of Caracas.

Ordination history of
Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by José Lebrún Moratinos (Caracas)
Date of consecration September 22, 1982
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino as principal consecrator
Reinaldo del Prette Lissot February 5, 1994
José Valero Ruz June 27, 1998
Luis Tineo Rivera April 28, 2007
Jesús de Zarate Salas January 12, 2008


On July 6, 1982, Urosa was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas and Titular Bishop of Vegesela in Byzacena by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 22 from Archbishop José Lebrún Moratinos, with Archbishops Domingo Roa Pérez and Miguel Salas Salas, CIM serving as co-consecrators. Urosa was named Archbishop of Valencia on March 16, 1990, and Archbishop of Caracas on September 19, 2005.[1]

He was elected as the second Vice-President of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference on January 10, 2006.


Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria ai Monti in the consistory of March 24, 2006.[2] Urosa is the fifth member of the College of Cardinals from Venezuela.

Besides his native Spanish, he speaks English, Italian, French, and Latin.

As of October 2011, he was the Honorary President of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[3]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as archbishop on 9 July 2018.[4]


Cardinal Urosa rejected the creation of the Reformed Catholic Church in Venezuela, whose representatives were introduced in July 2008, as in line with the Bolivian socialism of President Hugo Chávez. He called the group as "an irregular association".[5]

Urosa and his auxiliary bishops have warned against using the Mass for political purposes and declared that the Mass at which a blessing was given to the President-elect of Paraguay, former bishop Fernando Lugo, was not authorized by the archdiocese.[6]


  1. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 19.09.2015" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 19 September 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Benedict XVI Names 15 New Cardinals". Zenit. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "Venezuela. Papa accetta rinuncia arcivescovo di Caracas, card. Urosa Savino". Vatican News (in Italian). 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Romero, Simon (1 August 2008). "Sympathetic to Chávez, a New Church Draws Fire". New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cardinal Urosa warns Venezuelans not to use Mass for political aims". Catholic News Agency. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 

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Preceded by
Luis Henríquez Jiménez
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Valencia
Succeeded by
Reinaldo del Prette Lissot
Preceded by
Ignacio Velasco SDB
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Caracas
Preceded by
Jaime Sin
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria ai Monti