His Eminence 
Luis Martínez Sistach
Escut Lluís Martínez Sistach.svg
Sistach coat of arms as cardinal
Diocese Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona
Enthroned 27 December 1987
Reign ended current
Predecessor Ricardo María Carles Gordó
Successor current
Ordination 17 September 1961
Consecration 27 December 1987
Created Cardinal 24 November 2007
Personal details
Born 29 April 1937 (1937-04-29) (age 80)
Parents Joan Martínez Puig and Maria Sistach Masllorens
Styles of
Lluís Martínez Sistach
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Barcelona

Luis Martínez Sistach (born 29 April 1937 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is the current Archbishop of Barcelona.

He is the son of Juan Martínez Puig, a commercial representative, and María Sistach Masllorens, a housewife; they had three children, two girls and Lluís; they resided in the neighborhood of Guinardó, where his two sisters still live. He studied bachillerato at Colegio de la Inmaculada of the Marist Brothers, Barcelona from 1942-1953. He entered the Major Seminary of Barcelona studying there from 1954-1961. He was ordained a priest on 17 September 1961. He left Spain to study in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University from, 1962-1967 where he earned a doctorate utroque iuris (in both canon and civil law) which he was awarded in 1967; dissertation: "El Derecho de asociación en la Iglesia", published by the Theological Faculty of Catalonia.

In 1987 he was made Titular Bishop of Aliezira and auxiliary bishop of Barcelona. He was appointed Bishop of Tortosa in 1991. In 1997 he became Archbishop of Tarragona and finally in 2004 Archbishop of Barcelona.

On 17 October 2007, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would make Sistach a Cardinal. Martinez Sistach was elevated to the College of Cardinals in the consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on 24 November, 2007, becoming Cardinal-Priest of San Sebastiano alle Catacombe.

Cardinal Martínez Sistach in addition to his duties as Archbishop is a member of various offices of the Roman Curia. In May 2008 Pope Benedict named Cardinal Martínez Sistach as a member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

On June 12, 2008, Pope Benedict named Cardinal Martínez Sistach as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ricardo María Carles Gordó
Bishop of Tortosa
17 May 1991–20 February 1997
Succeeded by
Javier Salinas Viñals
Preceded by
Ramón Torrella Cascante
Archbishop of Tarragona
20 February 1997–15 June 2004
Succeeded by
Jaume Pujol Balcells
Preceded by
Ricardo María Cardinal Carles Gordó
Archbishop of Barcelona
15 June 2004–incumbent
Succeeded by

Episcopal succession

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: Narciso Jubany Arnau
Date of consecration: 27 December 1987
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Francesc-Xavier Ciuraneta Aymi 14 September 1991
Jaime Pujol Balcells 19 September 2004


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