Jorge Urosa Savino
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Jorge Urosa Savino
Enthroned 24 March 2006
Predecessor Antonio Ignacio Velasco Garcia, SDB
Successor incumbent
Ordination 15 August 1967
Consecration 22 September 1982
Other Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria al Monti
Personal details
Birth name Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino
Born August 28, 1942 (1942-08-28) (age 75)
Caracas, Venezuela
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Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda
Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas
St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto
Pontifical Gregorian University
Styles of
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Caracas

Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (born 28 August 1942) is a Venezuelan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop of Caracas, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006.


Early life and ordination

Jorge Urosa was born in Caracas to Luis Manuel Urosa Joud and Ligia Savino del Castillo de Urosa. He studied humanities at Colegio De La Salle Tienda Honda, and philosophy at the Interdiocesan Seminary of Caracas. From 1962 to 1965, he studied theology at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto.

Urosa then attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he obtained his doctorate in dogmatic theology, until 1971. During his time at the Gregorian, he returned to Caracas to be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal José Quintero Parra on 15 August 1967.


After concluding his Roman studies in at the Pius Latin American Pontifical College, Urosa then served as a professor and the rector of the Seminary San José in Caracas. He later served as rector of the Interdiocesan Seminary in Caracas as well. Before becoming vicar general of the Archdiocese of Caracas, he was President of the Organization of Latin American Seminaries and founded a parochial vicariate in a chabolas neighborhood of Caracas.


On 6 July 1982, Urosa was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas and Titular Bishop of Vegesela in Byzacena by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 22 September from Archbishop José Lebrún Moratinos, with Archbishops Domingo Roa Pérez and Miguel Salas Salas, CIM, serving as co-consecrators. Urosa was later named Archbishop of Valencia on 16 March 1990, and Archbishop of Caracas on 19 September 2005.

He was also elected as the second Vice-President of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference on January 10, 2006.


Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria ai Monti in the consistory of 24 March 2006. Urosa is only the fifth member of the College of Cardinals to hail from Venezuela, and remains eligible to participate in any future papal conclave until his eightieth birthday on August 28, 2022.

Besides his native Spanish, the Cardinal also speaks English, Italian, French, and Latin.


Reformed Catholic Church

Cardinal Urosa rejected the creation of the Reformed Catholic Church in Venezuela, whose representatives were introduced last week as in line with the Bolivarian socialism of President Hugo Chávez.He branded the group as "an irregular association". [1]

Using Mass for political purposes

Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, and his auxiliary bishops, have warned against using the Mass for political purposes and declared that the Mass at which a blessing was given to the President-elect of Paraguay, former bishop Fernando Lugo, was not authorized by the archdiocese. [2]

Episcopal lineage

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: José Lebrún Moratinos
Date of consecration: September 22, 1982
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Reinaldo del Prette Lissot February 5, 1994
José Valero Ruz June 27, 1998
Luis Tineo Rivera April 28, 2007
Jesús de Zarate Salas January 12, 2008


  1. Cardinal Urosa rejects the Reformed Catholic Church
  2. Cardinal Urosa warns Venezuelans not to use Mass for political aims

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Preceded by
Luis Henríquez Jiménez
Archbishop of Valencia
Succeeded by
Reinaldo del Prette Lissot
Preceded by
Antonio Ignacio Velasco Garcia, SDB
Archbishop of Caracas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jaime Sin
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria ai Monti
Succeeded by
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