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Francisco Robles Ortega
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Monterrey

Francisco Robles Ortega (born 2 March 1949) is a Mexican Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, having been elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. He currently serves as Archbishop of Monterrey, having previously served as Bishop of Toluca from 1996 to 2003.


Early life and ordination

Francisco Robles Ortega was born in Mascota, as the third of the sixteen children of Francisco Robles Arreola (b. 1917) and Teresa Ortega de Robles (b. 1927). He studied humanities at the minor seminary in Autlán, philosophy at the seminary in Guadalajara, and theology at the seminary in Zamora.

Robles Ortega was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop José Vásquez Silos on 20 July 1976, and then studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome until 1979, obtaining his licentiate in theology. Upon his return to Mexico, he served as vicar general of Autlán and taught philosophy and theology at its seminary. He was made diocesan administrator of Autlán following the death of Bishop Vásquez Silos in July 1990


On 30 April 1991, Robles Ortega was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toluca and Titular Bishop of Bossa by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 5 June from Bishop Alfredo Torres Romero, with Bishops José Hernández González and Javier Lozano Barragán serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Toluca.

Robles was later named diocesan administrator of Toluca following the death of Bishop Torres Romero on 15 October 1995. He finally became Bishop of Toluca on 15 June 1996, and was installed on 15 July of that same year. On 25 January 2003, he was advanced to Archbishop of Monterrey.


Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria della Presentazione in the consistory of 24 November 2007, he took possession of the titular church on 25 October 2008 [1]. Cardinal Robles Ortega will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves until he reaches the age of eighty on 2 March 2029 unless he dies before.


Drug politics

The archbishop of Monterrey has called on the country’s political parties and organizations to take action to avoid infiltration in their ranks by drug traders. [1]

Secularism in education

Cardinal Robles Ortega said "we are against the change proposed by the decree to reform Article 3" of the Constitution because it seeks to encourage secularism in private educational institutions, eliminating the subject of religion, which trains young people in moral values. [2]

Poverty and humility

In naming archbishop Francisco Robles of Monterrey as one of 23 new Roman Catholic cardinals, analysts say the Vatican chose a clergyman who advocates for the poor and beseeches the faithful to embrace humility. [3]

Family policy

Cardinal Robles Ortega has said that the family is “an institution that is natural, that is the basis of society”, and he warned those who oppose a new law that would protect it not to attempt to “supplant such an important institution as the family.” [4]


  1. Archbishop of Monterrey calls on political parties to watch out for 'drug politics'
  2. Cardinal Robles opposes secularism in Mexican education
  3. Mexico's newest cardinal champions the poor, preaches humility
  4. Family is natural institution and basis of society

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Preceded by
Alfredo Torres Romero
Bishop of Toluca
Succeeded by
Francisco Chavolla Ramos
Preceded by
Adolfo Suárez Rivera
Archbishop of Monterrey
Succeeded by
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