Santos Abril y Castelló

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Santos Abril y Castelló
Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Appointed21 November 2011
Term ended28 December 2016
PredecessorBernard Francis Law
SuccessorStanislaw Rylko
Other postsCardinal-Deacon of San Ponziano, Titular Archbishop of Tamada
Ordination19 March 1960
Consecration16 June 1985
by Agostino Casaroli
Created cardinal18 February 2012
by Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameSantos Abril y Castelló
Born (1935-09-21) 21 September 1935 (age 83)
Alfambra, Spain
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Santos Abril y Castelló (born 21 September 1935) is a Spanish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. After a career in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See, he held a number of positions in the Roman Curia and from 2011 to 2016 was Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

Abril y Castelló was born in Alfambra, Spain. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Teruel and Albarracín on 19 March 1960. In 1961, he went to Rome to study and obtained a doctorate in social sciences at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome.

Joining he diplomatic service of the Holy See, he worked in Pakistan, Turkey and the Second Section of the Secretariat of State in Rome. On 29 April 1985 Pope John Paul II, named him Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia and Titular Archbishop of Tamada. He received his episcopal consecration on 16 June 1985 from Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli. He later served as papal nuncio to Cameroon (1989–1996), Yugoslavia (1996–2000), Argentina (2000–2003), and Slovenia and Macedonia (2003–2011).

On 22 January 2011, after retiring from the diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict named him Vice-Camerlengo of the Apostolic Chamber, the official responsible controlling access to papal conclaves and overseeing their operations.

On 2 April 2011 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Bishops.[1]

On 21 November 2011 he was named Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.[2]

On 23 July 2012,Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata to succeed him as Vice-Camerlengo.[3]

On 18 February 2012 Pope Benedict raised him to the rank of cardinal,[4] making him Cardinal-Deacon of San Ponziano.[5]

On 21 April 2012 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.[citation needed]

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. The day before the election of Pope Francis, La Stampa named Abril y Costello as a possible candidate for the papacy because he combined experience in both Latin American and the Roman Curia. The newspaper also reported that before the conclave Abril served as a mediator in discussions between factions of cardinals representing Latin America and others looking for a pope from outside the Curia.[6]

On 15 January 2014, he was named to a five-year term as a member of the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank,[7] and on 4 March 2014, the members of that Commission elected him as their president.[8]

His curial appointments ended when he reached the age of 80, as did his right to vote in a papal conclave.

On 28 December 2016, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archpriest and appointed Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko to succeed him.[9]


  1. ^ "New Member Named to Bishops' Congregation". ZENIT. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ Delaney, Sarah (21 November 2011). "Vatican replaces Cardinal Law as archpriest of Rome basilica". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Santa Sede: Il Toscano Mons. Pier Luigi Celata Nominato Vice Camerlengo di Santa Romana Chiesa". Toscana Oggi (in Italian). 23 July 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Names of new cardinals elevated by Pope Benedict". Reuters. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ Pentin, Edward (18 February 2012). "Pope Creates 22 New Cardinals". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ Galeazzi, Giacomo (12 March 2013). "Conclave, quelle prove d'intesa tra Roma e Sud America". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  7. ^ Gagliarducci, Andrea (16 January 2014). "New members of the Vatican bank cardinals' commission named". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Cardenal Santos Abril y Castelló elegido presidente de la Comisión Cardenalicia del 'Banco' del Vaticano" (in Italian). Aci Prensa. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 28.12.2016" (in Italian). Vatican Press Office. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alfio Rapisarda
Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia
29 April 1985 – 2 October 1989
Succeeded by
Giovanni Tonucci
Preceded by
Ubaldo Calabresi
Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina
4 March 2000 – 9 April 2003
Succeeded by
Adriano Bernardini
Preceded by
Giuseppe Leanza
Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 April 2003 – 21 November 2005
Succeeded by
Alessandro D’Errico
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bernard Francis Law
Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
21 November 2011 – 28 December 2016
Succeeded by
Stanisław Ryłko