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Vatican Report: Geraldo Agnelo to Francis Arinze

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit) - Over the coming weeks Catholic Online aims to publish short biographical sketches of the cardinals who will have a role in electing the next pope.

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Geraldo Majella Agnelo, 71
Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Geraldo Majella Agnelo was born Oct. 19, 1933, in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of São Paulo on June 29, 1957, and holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, Rome.

He was director of the philosophical seminary, Aparecida; spiritual director and professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Ipiranga; professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Pius XI Theological Institute; and rector of Our Lady of the Assumption Seminary.

On May 5, 1978, he was appointed bishop of Toledo and received episcopal ordination that Aug. 6. On Oct. 4, 1982, he was promoted to archbishop of Londrina. He was president of the Brazilian bishops' Liturgical Commission.

On Sept. 16, 1991, he was appointed secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. He was named archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia on Jan. 13, 1999.

In May 1999 he was elected president of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops in May 2003.

He was elevated to cardinal in the consistory of Feb. 21, 2001.

Curial membership:

* Migrant and Itinerant Peoples (council)
* Cultural Heritage of the Church (commission)

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Bernard Agré, 79
Archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Bernard Agré was born March 2, 1926, in Monga, Ivory Coast. He was ordained July 20, 1953, and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Urbanian University, Rome.

He was a headmaster in Dabouñ rector of the pre-seminary in Bingerville; parish priest of Notre Dame Parish in Treichville; and vicar general of Abidjan. On June 8, 1968, he was appointed bishop of Man and received episcopal ordination Oct. 3. On March 6, 1992, he was named bishop of the new Diocese of Yamoussoukro and on Dec. 19, 1994, was promoted to archbishop of Abidjan.

From 1985 until 1991, he was president of the Episcopal Conferences of Francophone West Africa and, from 1972 until 1996, chairman of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications.

He was also a member of the Committee of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

He was elevated to cardinal in February 2001. He was president delegate for the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2001.

Curial membership:

* Evangelization of Peoples (congregation)
* Family, Justice and Peace, Social Communications (councils)

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Francisco Álvarez Martínez, 79
Retired archbishop of Toledo, Spain

Francisco Álvarez Martínez was born July 14, 1925, in Santa Eulalia de Ferroñes Llanera, Spain. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Oviedo on June 11, 1950, and holds a doctorate in canon law from the University of Comillas, Madrid.

He was personal secretary to Archbishop Lauzurica y Torralba and did parish work in the Corredoría neighborhood. He was later chancellor and secretary of the archdiocesan curia and also served as chaplain to university students of the Teresian Institute.

On April 13, 1973, he was appointed bishop of Tarazona and received episcopal ordination June 3. He was named bishop of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño on Dec. 20, 1976, and was transferred to Orihuela-Alicante on May 12, 1989.

He was promoted to archbishop of Toledo on June 23, 1995, and was a member of the Standing Commission and the Executive Committee of the Spanish episcopal conference.

He became archbishop emeritus of Toledo on Oct. 24, 2002. He was elevated to cardinal in the consistory of Feb. 21, 2001.

Curial membership:

* Christian Unity, Laity (councils)

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Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic, 75
Archbishop of Toronto

Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic was born Jan. 27, 1930, in Gabrje, Slovenia, and emigrated with his family first to Austria in 1945 and then to Canada in 1948. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Toronto on June 4, 1955.

After serving for two years as a curate, he earned degrees in theology from the Angelicum and in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

He taught Scripture at St. Augustine's Seminary (1960-67) and then earned a doctorate in theology at the University of Wuerzburg. From 1970 to 1976 he taught New Testament exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology and served as dean of studies at St. Augustine's.

On March 26, 1976, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Toronto and coadjutor of the same see on ...

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