Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga

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His Eminence
Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Quito
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During the "Arrastre de Caudas" ceremony, 2014.
Province Quito
Diocese Archdiocese of Quito
See Cathedral of Quito
Installed 21 March 2003
Term ended 11 September 2010
Predecessor Antonio José González Zumárraga
Successor Fausto Trávez Trávez
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via
Ordination 28 July 1957
by Leonidas Eduardo Proaño Villalba
Consecration 21 May 1972
by Pablo Muñoz Vega
Created Cardinal 20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1934-01-01) 1 January 1934 (age 83)
Riobamba, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga (born 1 January 1934 in Riobamba) is the Archbishop Emeritus of Quito. He served as archbishop of Quito, the capital of Ecuador from 2003 to 2010, when Fausto Trávez Trávez was appointed as his successor.

Pope Benedict XVI elevated Vela Chiriboga to the status of cardinal at a consistory on 20 November 2010, making him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via. He participated in the papal conclave of 2013, which selected Pope Francis after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's resignation.

Cardinal Vela Chiriboga lost the right to participate as a Cardinal elector in future papal conclaves and his active Curial memberships upon reaching the age of 80 on 1 January 2014, though he may still participate in pre- and post-conclave discussions and meetings and be asked by the Pope and Curial departments to give his advice and counsel.

On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Pope Francis named Cardinal Vela Chiriboga to be his Special Envoy to the 10th National Eucharistic Congress of Peru, to be celebrated in Piura.[1]


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