Jorge María Mejía
Jorge María Mejía
|Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives|
|Appointed||7 March 1998|
|Term ended||October 2003|
|Successor||Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran|
|Other post(s)||Cardinal-Priest of San Girolamo della Carità|
|Ordination||22 September 1945|
|Consecration||12 April 1986|
by Roger Marie Élie Etchegaray
|Created cardinal||21 February 2001|
by Pope John Paul II
|Died||9 December 2014 (aged 91)|
|Motto||Ipse est pax nostra ("He is our peace")|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Early life and ordination
Mejía was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ordained to the priesthood for the Metropolitan See of Buenos Aires on 22 September 1945. He taught Sacred Scripture at several universities, participated at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus and was made a Chaplain of His Holiness on 20 September 1978. He held a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and a license in biblical science from the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
On 8 March 1986 Mejía was appointed as titular bishop of Apollonia and an official of the Curial Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. His episcopal consecration took place on 12 April 1986 and was performed by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray with Archbishop Eduardo Martínez Somalo and Bishop Antonio María Javierre Ortas as co-consecrators. On 5 March 1994 Mejía was named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and raised to the rank of Archbishop. Five days later, on 10 March 1994, he was appointed Secretary of the College of Cardinals. On 7 March 1998 he became both the archivist and the librarian of the Vatican Secret Archives.
On 21 February 2001 Mejía was appointed as Cardinal-Deacon of San Girolamo della Carità by Pope John Paul II in the consistory. On 24 November 2003 he retired as archivist and librarian of the Vatican Secret Archives. On 21 February 2011 he opted for the order of Cardinal Priest with his former diaconal church elevated to the level of cardinalitial title.
Mejía was 82 at the time of the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and thus was not eligible to vote. In January 2010 Mejía led the delegation from the Holy See's Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews meeting for the Commission for Dialogue between Jews and Catholics, the ninth such meeting. From 2013 until his death the following year he sat on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the interfaith dialogue-based organization, the Elijah Interfaith Institute. On 13 March 2013 Mejía suffered a heart attack on the same day his fellow Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Mejía died in Rome on 9 December 2014 at the age of 91.
- "Cardinals Ask More Sharing Of Power And Debate". The New York Times. 24 May 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- Concistoro per il voto su alcune cause di canonizzazione 21.2.2011 Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
- The Elijah Interfaith Institute - Christian Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
- "Pope visits ailing Argentine cardinal in hospital". The Olympian. Retrieved March 15, 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Faleceu o Cardeal Jorge Mejía. Funeral quinta-feira em São Pedro". Radio Vaticana (Portuguese). Retrieved December 9, 2014.