Styles of
Benjamín de Arriba y Castro
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Tarragona (emeritus)

Benjamín de Arriba y Castro (April 8, 1886 – March 8, 1973) was a Spanish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Tarragona from 1949 to 1970, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.


Benjamín de Arriba y Castro was born in Santa Maria de Peñamayor, Lugo, to Antonio de Arriba and Pilar de Castro. He studied at the seminary in Madrid, the Pontifical Gregorian University and Angelicum in Rome, and the Pontifical University of Toledo. Arriba was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val on July 14, 1912, and then taught at the Madrid seminary until 1921. After becoming a canon of the cathedral chapter of Madrid on February 17, 1921, he served as secretary of the chamber and government of the same diocese from 1921 to 1930. Arriba was made provisor in 1930, and later vicar general in 1932.

On May 1, 1935, Arriba was appointed Bishop of Mondoñedo by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 16 from Bishop Leopoldo Eijo y Garay, with Archbishop Prudencio Melo y Alcalde and Bishop Manuel González y García serving as co-consecrators. Arriba was later named Bishop of Oviedo on August 8, 1944, and Archbishop of Tarragona on January 22, 1949.

Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal Priest of Ss. Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio in the consistory of January 12, 1953. After participating in the 1958 papal conclave, Arriba attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and served as a cardinal elector in the conclave of 1963. He resigned as Tarragona's archbishop on November 19, 1970, after a period of twenty-one years.

The Cardinal died at 3:45 p.m. in Barcelona, at age 86. He is buried in a parish church in Tarragona.

External links

ca:Benjamín de Arriba y Castrono:Benjamín de Arriba y Castro
Preceded by
Juan Solís y Fernández
Bishop of Mondoñedo
Succeeded by
Fernando Quiroga y Palacios
Preceded by
Manuel Arce y Ochotorena
Bishop of Oviedo
Succeeded by
Francisco Lauzurica y Torralba
Preceded by
Manuel Arce y Ochotorena
Archbishop of Tarragona
Succeeded by
José Pont y Gol

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