Cañizares Llovera, Antonio

Antonio Cañizares Llovera


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Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Toledo (Spain),was born in Utiel (Valencia, 1945). He studied in the Seminario Diocesano of Valencia and obtained his Doctorate in Theology at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.

He was consecrated Bishop of Avila in 1992, being later designated Bishop of Granada (1997), and finally Archbishop of Toledo (2002). Created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006, he is a member of the Roman Congregation Doctrine of the Faith and of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. He is also a member of the Permanent Commission of the Conferencia Episcopal Española (Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops), and of its President’s Council. He also holds an honorific membership of the Jurisprudence Academy of Granada.

Before becoming bishop, Antonio Cañizares had been Professor of Theology in the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and the Faculty of Theology San Damaso in Madrid. As an expert in Catechetics, he was founder and first president of the Asociación Española de Catequetas, member of the European Team for Catechetics, director of the journal Teología y Catequesis, and author of several books. He was also for a time president of the Spanish Bishop’s Commission for “Enseñanza y Catequesis” (Education and Catechetics).