José Alí Lebrún Moratinos

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José Alí Cardinal Lebrún Moratinos (born March 19, 1919 in Puerto Cabello , Venezuela , † February 21, 2001 in Caracas ) was Archbishop of Caracas .


José Alí Lebrún Moratinos received his philosophical and theological training in Caracas, Rome and Bogotá . He received on 19 December 1943, the sacrament of Holy Orders , and then worked as a teacher , clergyman Rector and parish pastors . As director he was in charge of the editorial team of the newspaper "El Carabobeño". In addition, he performed various tasks in the administration of the Diocese of Valencia en Venezuela .

Pope Pius XII appointed him in 1956 titular bishop of Aradus and auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Maracaibo . The episcopal ordination donated to him on September 2, 1956 Archbishop Raffaele Forni , Apostolic Nuncio in Venezuela ; Co-consecrators were the Archbishop of Mérida , Acacio Chacón Guerra , and Gregorio Adam Dalmau , Bishop of Valencia and Venezuela.

In 1958 José Alí Lebrún Moratinos became Bishop of Maracay , and in 1962 Bishop of Valencia and Venezuela. He participated in all sessions of the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965 . Pope Paul VI appointed him in 1972 titular Archbishop of Voncaria and Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Caracas, whose Archbishop José Alí Lebrún Moratinos on May 24, 1980. Pope John Paul II accepted him on February 2, 1983 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of San Pancrazio in the college of cardinals . José Alí Cardinal Lebrún Moratinos resigned the leadership of the Archdiocese of Caracas in 1995 for reasons of age.

He died on February 21, 2001 in Caracas and was buried in the local cathedral .


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predecessor Office successor
- Bishop of Maracay
José Henriquez SDS
Gregorio Adam Dalmau (es) Archbishop of Valencia and Venezuela
Luis Henríquez (it)
José Cardinal Quintero Archbishop of Caracas
Antonio Cardinal Velasco SDB
Domingo Roa Pérez President of the Bishops' Conference of Venezuela
Ramón Pérez