José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez

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José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez
Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed22 May 1975
Term ended15 October 1996
PredecessorArturo Duque Villegas
SuccessorFabio Betancur Tirado
Other postsCardinal Priest of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto (2015–2019)
Ordination14 December 1941
by Ismael Perdomo Borrero
Consecration28 August 1955
by Crisanto Luque Sánchez
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal priest
Personal details
Birth nameJosé de Jesús Horacio Pimiento Rodríguez
Born(1919-02-18)18 February 1919
Zapatoca, Colombia
Died3 September 2019(2019-09-03) (aged 100)
Floridablanca, Colombia
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MottoVivere Christus est
('To live is Christ', Philippians 1:21)
Ordination history of
José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez
Priestly ordination
Ordained byIsmael Perdomo Borrero
Date14 December 1941
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorCrisanto Luque Sánchez
Co-consecratorsEmilio Botero González
Pedro José Rivera Mejía
Date28 August 1955
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez as principal consecrator
Rodrigo Escobar Aristizábal14 August 1982
José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez5 February 2005
Styles of
José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez
Coat of arms of Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

José de Jesús Horacio Pimiento Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ðe xeˈsus piˈmjento roˈðɾiɣes]; 18 February 1919 – 3 September 2019) was a Colombian prelate of the Catholic Church who served as Bishop of Montería from 1959 to 1964, Bishop of Garzón-Neiva from 1964 to 1975, and finally Archbishop of Manizales from 1975 to 1996. He was created a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2015.

Life and career[edit]

Pimiento Rodríguez was born in Zapatoca to Agustín Pimiento Lizarazo and Salomé Rodríguez Castillo. He was baptized on 4 March 1919.[1] He was ordained a priest on 14 December 1941, fulfilling his dream despite his family's economic hardship. Pimiento served as coadjutor vicar in parishes in Mogotes, as well as in the cathedrals of San Gil and Vélez.[2]

He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pasto, as well as titular bishop of Apollonis, by Pope Pius XII on 14 June 1955, and consecrated on 28 August 1955. On 30 December 1959, Pope John XXIII appointed Pimiento bishop of the Diocese of Monteria and later by Pope Paul VI as bishop of the Diocese of Garzón-Neiva on 29 February 1964. He participated in the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and served as President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia from 1972 to 1978.[2]

His final appointment was on 22 May 1975, as Archbishop of Manizales, where he emphasised the implementation of Council decrees, such as in the pastoral care of family and youth, as well as updating the process of priestly formation in the archdiocese, including by restructuring the minor seminary to become the archdiocesan major seminary.[2] Pimiento also oversaw the restoration of the cathedral of Manizales's bell towers, which were damaged in an earthquake in 1979.[2] After the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in 1985, he helped shelter hundreds of people fleeing other cities in the region.[2] He retired on 15 October 1996 and later resumed work as a parish priest.[3]


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February of the same year,[4] four days short of his 96th birthday.[5] Pimiento was described by those who knew him as "imbued with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council".[6] He did not travel to the consistory due to his advanced age; arrangements were made for him to receive his biretta and ring from fellow Colombian cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez in Bogotá.[7] He was assigned the titular church of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto.[8]


Pimiento Rodríguez died from heart failure during the afternoon on 3 September 2019 at a retreat house in Floridablanca, near Bucaramanga. He had recently been hospitalized after a fall and released.[9] At the time of his death he had been the oldest member of the College of Cardinals since the death of Loris Francesco Capovilla in 2016.[5]


  1. ^ José de Jesús Horacio Pimiento's Baptismal Register
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pimiento Rodríguez Card. José de Jesús". Holy See Press Office. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ Mickens, Robert (5 January 2015). "Francis chooses new cardinals from the margins". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Gomes, Robin (3 September 2019). "Cardinal Pimiento of Colombia dies at age 100". Vatican News. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ Lamb, Christopher (8 January 2014). "Red hats for a global Church". The Tablet. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ Tornielli, Andrea (14 February 2015). "The cardinalate is certainly an honour, but it is not honorific. Be examples of charity". Vatican Insider. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Falleció Monseñor José de Jesús Pimiento, el cardenal más Viejo del mundo". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 3 September 2019. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Rubén Isaza Restrepo
Bishop of Monteria
Succeeded by
Miguel Antonio Medina y Medina
Preceded by
Gerardo Martinez Madrigal
Bishop of Garzon-Neiva
Succeeded by
Octavio Betancourt Arango
Preceded by
Arturo Duque Villegas
Archbishop of Manizales
Succeeded by
Fabio Betancur Tirado
Preceded by
Bernard Agre
Cardinal Priest of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto
Preceded by
Loris Francesco Capovilla
Oldest living Member of the Sacred College
26 May 2016 – 3 September 2019
Succeeded by
Roger Etchegaray