Juan Asenjo Pelegrina

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His Excellency
Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina
Archbishop of Seville
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ChurchRoman Catholic
Installed5 November 2009
PredecessorCarlos Amigo Vallejo
Ordination21 September 1969
by Laureano Castán Lacoma
Consecration20 April 1997
by Francisco Álvarez Martínez
Personal details
Born (1945-10-15) 15 October 1945 (age 73)
Sigüenza Spain
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Toledo (1997-2003)
Bishop of Córdoba (2003-2008)
Coadjutor Archbishop of Seville (2008-2009)
MottoEx Alto
Coat of armsJuan José Asenjo Pelegrina's coat of arms
Styles of
Juan Asenjo Pelegrina
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina (born 15 October 1945) is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seville, since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 5 November 2009.


He went into the seminary studying theology and philosophy. He was ordained a priest on 21 September 1969. In 1971 he received a licentiate in theology at the Theological Faculty of Burgos. From 1977 to 1979 he attended courses for a doctorate in Church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also holds the Diploma in Archives and Library Science at the Vatican Library and archiving the Vatican Secret Archives.

He served as professor of ecclesiology and history of the Church in his home diocese at the Sigüenza seminary from 1971-1974. He also held the positions of vice-rector of the seminary (1974–1977), director of the university residence "Ntra. Sra. De la Estrella" on Sigüenza (1979–1988 ), director of the diocesan archive (1979–1981), diocesan director for education (1980–1982), Canon in charge of the artistic heritage (1985–1997), diocesan director for cultural heritage 1985-1993), vice rector the sanctuary of "Nuestra Señora de la Salud" of Barbatona (1994–1997). From 1993 to 1997 he held the office of Under Secretary of the Episcopal Conference. In 1986 he founded and directed the magazine Abside and is the author of several publications.

On 27 February 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Iziriana and Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo, and received episcopal consecration on 20 April that year. From 1998 to 2003, he was Secretary General of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Pope John Paul appointed him as Bishop of Córdoba on 28 July 2003, and Pope Benedict Coadjutor Archbishop of Seville on 13 November 2008, and he became Archbishop of Seville on 5 November 2009, when Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of his predecessor, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo.[1][permanent dead link]

See also[edit]


  • "Archbishop Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina [Catholic-Hierarchy]". catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 20 July 2010.[self-published source]
  • "Excmo. y Rvdmo. Sr. D. Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina". Archidiócesis Sevilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 July 2010.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández
Bishop of Córdoba
28 July 2003 – 13 November 2008
Succeeded by
Demetrio Fernández González
Preceded by
Carlos Amigo Vallejo
Archbishop of Seville
5 November 2009 – present
Succeeded by