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Vatican Report: Agostino Cacciavillan to Ivan Dias

4/11/2005 - 6:00 AM PST

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 11, 2005 (Zenit) - This is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope.

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Agostino Cacciavillan, 78
Retired president of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

Agostino Cacciavillan was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Novale di Valdagno, Italy. He was ordained for the Diocese of Vicenza in June 1949.

He served as a curate for three years before earning advanced degrees in social science and law and attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome. He was later posted to the Philippines, Spain, Portugal and the Vatican Secretariat of State.

In January 1976 Pope Paul VI appointed him apostolic pro-nuncio in Kenya and apostolic delegate in Seychelles. He received episcopal ordination that Feb. 28. Other posts included apostolic pro-nuncio in India (1981) and pro-nuncio in Nepal (1985), apostolic nuncio in the United States and permanent observer at the Organization of American States (1990).

He was named president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See in November 1998. He retired from that post Oct. 1, 2002. He was elevated to cardinal in February 2001.

Curial membership:

* Eastern Churches, Bishops, Evangelization of Peoples; Sainthood Causes (congregations)
* Apostolic Signature (tribunal)
* Legislative Texts (council)
* Latin America, Vatican City State (commission)

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Ricardo María Carles Gordó, 78
Retired archbishop of Barcelona, Spain

Ricardo María Carles Gordó was born in Valencia, Spain, on Sept. 24, 1926. He entered the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Valencia and was ordained a priest in June 1951. He obtained a degree in canon law at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in 1953.

In June 1969 he was named bishop of Tortosa and received episcopal ordination that Aug. 3.

In March 1990, the Pope named him archbishop of Barcelona; he took over the post that May 27. He was elevated to cardinal in November 1994. He retired from the Barcelona Archdiocese last June 15.

Curial membership:

* Catholic Education (congregation)
* Economic Affairs of the Holy See (office)
* Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See

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Darío Castrillón Hoyos, 75
Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy

Darío Castrillón Hoyos was born July 4, 1929, in Medellin, Colombia. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Medellín in October 1952 following his theological studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he also earned a doctorate in canon law. He also specialized in religious sociology, political economy and ethics in economy.

He served as a curate in two rural parishes, director of the Cursillo movement and delegate for Catholic Action. He also taught canon law at the Free Civil University and was General Secretary of the Colombian Bishops' Conference.

In June 1971 he was named coadjutor bishop of Pereira, received episcopal ordination that July 18, and succeeded the bishop on July 1, 1976.

From 1983 to 1987 he was general secretary of the Latin American bishops' council (CELAM) and president of the same council from 1987 to 1991.

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