19/04/2008 (Rome) H.E. the Most Rev Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo
Written by Royal Deputation
H.E. the Most Rev Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo, Bailiff of Justice, died on 19 April 2008 in Rome, aged 72.
Born in Villahermosa, Colombia, in 1935, he attended National University of Colombia before he entered the seminary in order to become a priest. Hecompleted his studies in Rome, earning a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).
He was ordained as a priest on 13 November 1960 and, after studying in Rome for an additional two years, returned to Bogotá where he taught philosophy at the local seminary for four years. In 1968, he organized the new pastoral department of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, and from 1970 to 1972, he was Vicar General of the archdiocese. In early 1971, Pope Paul VI appointed him titular archbishop of Boseta and Auxiliary of Bogotá.
In 1972, López Trujillo was elected general secretary of the Latin American Episcopal Conference, a post he held until 1984.
López Trujillo was named Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 2 February 1983, becoming the youngest cardinal until 1991. He was promoted to the order of Cardinal Bishops on 17 November 2001. In 1990, López Trujillo was named president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He assumed the office in 1991 but retained the title of Archbishop emeritus of Medellín.