José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez

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His Eminence

José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeArchdiocese of Manizales
In office1975–1996
PredecessorArturo Duque Villegas
SuccessorFabio Betancur Tirado
OrdinationDecember 14, 1941
ConsecrationAugust 28, 1955
Created cardinalFebruary 14, 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameJosé de Jesús Horacio Pimiento Rodríguez
Born (1919-02-18) February 18, 1919 (age 99)
Zapatoca, Colombia[1]
Previous postBishop of Garzón-Neiva (1964–1975)
Motto"Vivere Christus est"
(Live is Christ)
Coat of armsJosé de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez's coat of arms
Ordination history of
José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez
Priestly ordination
Date14 December 1941
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorCrisanto Luque y 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
Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez
Coat of arms of Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

José de Jesús Horacio Pimiento Rodríguez (born February 18, 1919) is a Colombian Prelate of the Catholic Church. At the age of 99, he is the oldest living cardinal.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Pimiento Rodríguez was born in Zapatoca, Colombia to Agustín Pimiento Lizarazo and Salomé Rodríguez Castillo. He was baptized on March 4, 1919.[1] He was ordained a priest on December 14, 1941. He was appointed Auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pasto, as well as Titular Bishop of Apollonis on June 14, 1955 and consecrated on August 28, 1955. On December 30, 1959, he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Monteria and was then appointed bishop of the Diocese of Garzón-Neiva February 29, 1964. His final appointment as bishop was on May 22, 1975 to the Archdiocese of Manizales, from which he retired on October 15, 1996. He consequently 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] Rodríguez is described by those who know him as “imbued with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council”.[5] He did not travel to the consistory due to his advanced age; other arrangements were made for him to receive his biretta and ring.[6] He was assigned to the titular church of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b José de Jesús Horacio Pimiento's Baptismal Register
  2. ^
  3. ^ Francis chooses new cardinals from the margins, National Catholic Reporter, 5 January 2015
  4. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ Christopher Lamb, "Red hats for a global Church", The Tablet, 8 January 2014 (Retrieved 12 January 2015)
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

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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