Leopoldo Brenes

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His Eminence

Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano
Cardinal, Archbishop of Managua
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Appointed1 April 2005
PredecessorMiguel Obando y Bravo
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello
President of Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua
Ordination16 August 1974
by Miguel Obando y Bravo
Consecration19 March 1988
by Miguel Obando y Bravo
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1949-03-07) 7 March 1949 (age 70)
Ticuantepe Nicaragua
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
Motto"Tu me has enviado"
("Tu me misisti")
("You have sent me")
Coat of armsLeopoldo José Brenes Solórzano's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Leopoldo Brenes
Priestly ordination
Date16 August 1974
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMiguel Obando Bravo
Co-consecratorsPaolo Giglio
Arturo Rivera Damas
Date19 March 1988
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Leopoldo Brenes as principal consecrator
Carlos Enrique Herrera Gutiérrez, OFM24 June 2005
Silvio José Báez Ortega, OCD30 May 2009
Rolando José Álvares Lagos2 April 2011
Styles of
Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano
Coat of arms of Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano (Spanish pronunciation: [leo'poldo xo'se 'bɾenes so'loɾθano]; Ticuantepe, 7 March 1949) is a Nicaraguan Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Managua. He was previously bishop of Matagalpa.


He studied at Rural School of Ticuantepe, Cristóbal Rugada School of Masaya and Escuela Normal of Managua and continued his secondary studies at the National Institute of Masaya and at Colegio San José de Calasanz. He then studied at the National Seminary Nuestra Señora de Fátima of Managua (philosophy); at the Superior Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies (ISEE), Méxio (theology); at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (bachelor's degree in theology); and at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in dogmatic theology.[1] He received the diaconate on 13 January 1974.


He was ordained a priest in Managua on 16 August 1974 by Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B. He then served in a number of roles, including priest in the parishes of "Tisma", "Las Brisas", "la Asunción", and "St. Pius X" in Managua, and vicar for pastoral care and substitute vicar general of Managua.[2] He was later a priest of the parishes of Sagrada Familia, María Inmaculada, San Pío X, Espíritu Santo and Santa Rosa and San Agustín, in Managua, and vicar for pastoral care of the archdiocese of Managua and episcopal vicar for vocations and ministries.

Bishop and Archbishop[edit]

Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Maturba and appointed auxiliary of Managua on 13 February 1988. He was consecrated a bishop on 19 March 1988, in the metropolitan cathedral of Managua by Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B., Archbishop of Managua, assisted by Paolo Giglio, titular archbishop of Tindari, apostolic nuncio in Nicaragua, and Arturo Rivera Damas, S.D.B., Archbishop of San Salvador. His episcopal motto is Tu me has enviado. He was transferred to the see of Matagalpa on 2 November 1991, and promoted to the metropolitan see of Managua on 1 April 2005.[1] He took possession of the see on the following 21 May. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2005. In the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua he has been president of the Commission for Vocations and Ministries; secretary general of the Episcopal Conference; president of Cáritas Nacional; president of the Commission for Catechesis; and president of the Commission for Social Communications. He has served as a delegate for the Eucharistic Congresses, delegate to the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, delegate to the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), President of the CELAM Commission Family-Life-Youth, President of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC). He has been Vice-president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua and its president.

Pope Benedict named him to a five-year term as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America on 8 October 2009.[3]


On 22 February 2014, Pope Francis created him a cardinal, assigning him the titular church of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello. [4][5] On 15 January 2014 Pope Francis confirmed his membership in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America[6] and on 22 May 2014 a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.04.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Brenes Solórzano Card. Leopoldo José". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.10.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ Galeazzi, Giacomo (22 February 2014). "19 new cardinals created in Consistory in the presence of two Popes". Vatican Insider. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la CREAZIONE dei Nuovi Cardinali: Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie ai Nuovi Porporati, 22.02.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.01.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.05.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carlos Jose Santi Brugia, OFM
Bishop of Matagalpa
2 November 1991 – 1 April 2005
Succeeded by
Jorge Solorzano Perez
Preceded by
Miguel Obando Bravo
Archbishop of Managua
1 April 2005–present
Preceded by
Rene Socrates Sandigo
President of Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua
Preceded by
Michele Giordano
Cardinal Priest of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello
22 February 2014–present