Román Arrieta Villalobos

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Román Arrieta Villalobos, known as Manzanita, was a Roman Catholic Archbishop in Costa Rica. He was born in San Antonio de Belén, Heredia, on November 13, 1924. He finished his secondary studies in Heredia before entering the Conciliar Seminary of San José, Costa Rica.

Ordained in the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José on December 18, 1948 by Mons. Juan Vicente Solís Fernández and sent by him to Washington, D.C., to undertake his postgraduate studies. He was consecrated as first Bishop of Tilarán on September 21, 1961 at the Alajuela Cathedral. On July 10, 1979 he was appointed Archbishop of San José, a post he held until his resignation on July 13, 2002.

He took part in the Second Vatican Council where he was a member of the Commission on Canon Law.

He established the Minor Seminary of Tacares. He created a system of Social Security for the church employees, restored the Metropolitan Cathedral, and promoted the establishment of the Universidad Católica de Costa Rica

He died in the home where he was born on March 7, 2004.

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