Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, O.F.M., Archbishop Emeritus of Seville (Spain), was born in Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid, Spain, on August 23, 1934. He was ordained a priest for the Order of Friars Minor on August 17, 1960.
In 1970 he was appointed Superior of his order’s Santiago Province. On December 17, 1973 he was appointed Archbishop of Tangiers, Morocco; he was ordained Bishop on April 28, 1974. He took part as a member of the Holy See Delegation in the Meeting for Islamic-Christian Dialogue in Tripoli, Libya, in 1976. In October 1977 he participated in the Synod of Bishops on catechesis, as delegate of the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of North Africa.On many occasions he served as mediator in disputes between nations, and encouraged the creation of centres for the social promotion of Muslim women; he also sought to improve Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations. He was appointed Archbishop of Seville on May 22, 1982.
In June 1993, he welcomed the Pope to Seville, for the second time, in occasion of the closing of the 45th International Eucharistic Congress. As member of the Bishops’ Conference, he participated in the 1994 Synod of Bishops on Consecrated Life.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of October 21, 2003, of the Title of S. Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli (Holy Mary in Monserrato of the Spaniards).
- Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care;
- Pontifical Commission for Latin America.