Ricardo Blázquez

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Ricardo Blázquez
Cardinal; Archbishop of Valladolid
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed13 March 2010
Installed17 April 2010
PredecessorBraulio Rodriguez Plaza
Other posts
Ordination18 February 1967
Consecration29 May 1988
by Antonio María Rouco Varela
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameRicardo Blázquez
Born (1942-04-13) 13 April 1942 (age 77)
Villanueva del Campillo, Ávila, Spain
Previous post
("He has risen")
Coat of armsRicardo Blázquez's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Ricardo Blázquez
Priestly ordination
Date18 February 1967
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAntonio Maria Rouco Varela
Co-consecratorsAngel Suquia Goicoechea
Mario Tagliaferri
Date29 May 1988
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Ricardo Blázquez as principal consecrator
Carmelo Echenagusia Uribe9 November 1995
Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa12 April 2008
Miguel Olaortúa Laspra, OSA16 April 2011
Ángel Javier Pérez Pueyo22 February 2015
Luis Javier Arguello García3 June 2016
Styles of
Ricardo Blazquez Perez
Coat of arms of Ricardo Blazquez Perez.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Ricardo Blázquez Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkaɾðo ˈβlaθkeθ ˈpeɾeθ]; born 13 April 1942) is a Spanish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as Archbishop of Valladolid since 2010.


Ricardo Blázquez Pérez was born in Villaneuva del Campillo (Avila) on 13 April 1942. He studied in the seminaries of Avila from 1955 to 1967 and earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University where he studied from 1967 to 1972. He was ordained a priest on 18 February 1967.

From 1972 to 1974 he served as secretary of the Theological Institute of Avila. From 1974 to 1988 he was a professor and then from 1978 to 1981 the dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He was Grand Chancellor there from 2000 to 2004.

He was named an auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Compostela and assigned the titular see of Germa di Galazia on 8 April 1988. He received his episcopal consecration on 29 May 1988 from Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela.

On 26 May 1992, Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Palencia, and on 8 September 1995 Bishop of Bilbao. On 13 March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbiof Valladolid.

He has served on various commissions within the Bishops’ Conference of Spain including the Doctrine of the Faith, the Liturgical Commission and the Commission for Interconfessional Relations.

He was elected to a three-year term as President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference in 2005 and again in 2014. He was Vice-President from 2008 to 2014. He participated in the Synod of Bishops on the family in October 2014 and 2015. In 2011 he had

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[1] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Santa Maria in Vallicella.[2]

On 13 April 2015 Pope Francis appointed him a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Council for Culture.[3] On 8 January 2016, Pope Francis named him a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.[4] He was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 28 October 2016.[5]


  1. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ "New Cardinals Named to Curial Posts". Zenit. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.01.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 28.10.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nicolas Antonio Castellanos Franco
Bishop of Palencia
Succeeded by
Rafael Palmero Ramos
Preceded by
Luis Maria de Larrea y Legarreta
Bishop of Bilbao
Succeeded by
Mario Iceta
Preceded by
Braulio Rodríguez Plaza
Archbishop of Valladolid
Preceded by
Edward Bede Clancy
Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella