Vatican City, Jun 30, 2010 / 08:56 am
On Wednesday, the Vatican announced the nomination of Cardinal Marc Ouellet to take the place of the retiring Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re in his two major positions in the Roman Curia. With the appointment, Cardinal Ouellet, no stranger to Rome, will enter into the Vatican ranks as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada since 2002, the Canadian prelate was created cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2003.
According a biography released by the Catholic Church of Quebec, Cardinal Ouellet received teaching instruction from an early stage in his life and went on to get his B.A. in education from Laval University before taking on theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal from 1964-68. Upon graduating with his licentiate in theology, he was ordained a priest for his home diocese of Amos.
He earned a second licentiate from St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University in Rome in philosophy from 1974 and obtained a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1983.