Ricardo Ezzati Andrello

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The Most Reverend
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
Cardinal, Archbishop of Santiago de Chile
Monseñor Ricardo Ezzati.jpg
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Santiago de Chile
Installed 15 December 2010
Predecessor Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santissimo Redentore a Valmelaina
Ordination 18 March 1970
Consecration 8 September 1996
Created Cardinal 22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1942-01-07) January 7, 1942 (age 75)
Campiglia dei Berici Italy
Nationality Italian
Previous post Bishop of Valdivia (1996-2001)
Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile (2001-2006)
Archbishop of Concepción (2006-2010)
Motto Para Evangelizar
("To Evangelize")
Coat of arms 200
Ordination history of
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
Priestly ordination
Date of ordination 18 March 1970
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Carlos Oviedo Cavada, O. de. M
Co-consecrators Sergio Otoniel Contreras Navia
Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, P. schonstatt
Date of consecration 8 September 1996
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date of elevation 22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Ricardo Ezzati Andrello as principal consecrator
Pedro Mario Ossandón Buljevic 12 December 2008
Galo Fernández Villaseca 10 May 2014
Luis Fernando Ramos Pérez 10 May 2014
Moisés Carlos Atisha Contreras 17 January 2015
Jorge Enrique Concha Cayuqueo, OFM 29 August 2015
Styles of
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Ricardo Ezzati Andrello[pronunciation?] SDB (born 7 January 1942) is an Italian-Chilean prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, since December 2010. He previously served as Archbishop of Concepción.

Early life and education[edit]

Ezzati Andrello was born in Campiglia Berici, Vicenza, Italy. He arrived in Chile in 1959. He entered the Novitiate of the Salesians in Quilpué, Valparaíso, and studied philosophy at the Catholic University of Valparaíso. He studied theology at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, where he obtained his licentiate. He made his final vows as a Salesian on 30 December 1966, and was ordained as a priest of the Salesian order on 18 March 1970. After his ordination he received a Licentiate in Religious Studies at the Institut de Pastoral Catéchetique in Strasbourg. He then held the title of Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Catholic University of Valparaíso.


Archbishop Ezzati Andrello greets the faithful.
Archbishop Ezzati Andrello greets the faithful after his installation mass.

As a Salesian priest he held the following positions: Director for Youth Ministry in the Salesian School in Valdivia; Director of Community for the Salesians in Concepcion, Chile; Member of the Provincial Council of the Chilean Salesians; Director of the Salesian Seminary of Santiago de Chile; and Inspector Provincial of the Salesians in Chile. He was a member of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Vice President of the Conference of Religious of Chile, participating in the General Chapters of the Salesian Congregation in 1984 and 1990.


In 1991, he was appointed to the Roman Curia as an official of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.[1]

On 28 June 1996, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of the Valdivia, Chile. He was consecrated on 8 September 1996.

On 10 July 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of the much larger Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile, assigning him the titular see of La Imperial. On 27 December 2006, he was named Archbishop of the Concepción.

In June 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named him and four other prelates to serve Apostolic Visitors to the Legionaries of Christ following the discovery that the order's founder, Marciel Maciel Degollado, an associate of John Paul II, had engaged in pedophilia. Andrello was given responsibility for investigating the order in South America:[2] Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela,[1] where the Legion has 20 houses, 122 priests and 122 religious seminarians.

As the archbishop of Concepción, Ezzati Andrello mediated a dispute between the government and a group of 34 Mapuche prisoners who had been on a hunger strike for 82 days.[3]

On 15 December 2010, Pope Benedict appointed Ezzati Andrello as Archbishop of Santiago de Chile. He replaced Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa, who had submitted his resignation as required upon reaching the age 75.[3] Ezzati Andrello was installed in Santiago de Chile on 15 January 2011.

Pope Francis named Ezzati Andrello a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education in November 2013.[4]

He was elevated to the rank of cardinal at a consistory on 22 February 2014.[1]

In May 2014, Pope Francis named him a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gagliarducci, Andrea (6 March 2014). "Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, a Salesian with a red biretta". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Glatz, Carol (8 July 2009). "Denver's Chaput to be part of Legionaries' probe". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Mapuche friendly cardinal named Archbishop of Santiago de Chile". Merco Press. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cardinals Dolan, Tagle appointed to Catholic Education". Vatican Radio. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Alejandro Jiménez Lafeble
Bishop of Valdivia
28 June 1996 – 10 August 2001
Succeeded by
Ignacio Francisco Ducasse Medina
Preceded by
Antonio Moreno Casamitjana
Archbishop of Concepción
27 December 2006 – 15 December 2010
Succeeded by
Fernando Chomalí
Preceded by
Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa
Archbishop of Santiago
15 December 2010 – present
Preceded by
Ersilio Tonini
Cardinal Priest of Santissimo Redentore a Valmelaina
11 October 2014– present