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Pope Francis transfers Vatican cardinal to Spanish archdiocese

August 28, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since 2008, as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain.

The Pope has not named a replacement for Cardinal Cañizares as prefect of the curial dicastery. Cardinal Cañizares had been the only remaining prefect of a Vatican congregation who had not been either confirmed in his post or replaced since the election of Pope Francis.

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Valencia in 1970, Cardinal Cañizares served as Bishop of Ávila (1992-2002) and Archbishop of Toledo (2002-08) before Pope Benedict appointed him curial prefect. Pope Benedict had earlier created him a cardinal in the consistory of 2006.

In addition, Pope Francis transferred Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra, the current of Archbishop of Valencia, to the See of Madrid. He succeeds Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, who is 78.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Aug. 28, 2014 7:19 PM ET USA

    I am sorry about this move as Llovera is very traditional in his thinking about worship and just the other day I was thinking how glad I am that he, Cardinal Llovera, is still there at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. I do hope the pope will appoint someone who can appreciate our great traditions and reverence for the Holy Eucharist.