Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri

Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri (born July 16, 1947) is a Guatemalan prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the Bishop of Huehuetenango since 2012. He was the Bishop of San Marcos from 1988 to 2012.

Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri
Bishop of Huehuetenango
Ramazzini in 2010
ChurchLatin Church
AppointedMay 14, 2012
InstalledJuly 14, 2012
PredecessorRodolfo Francisco Bobadilla Mata
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Evangelista a Spinaceto (2019-)
OrdinationJune 27, 1971
by Mario Casariego y Acevedo
ConsecrationJanuary 6, 1989
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinalOctober 5, 2019
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri

(1947-07-16) July 16, 1947 (age 77)
Previous post(s)Bishop of San Marcos (1988-2012)
MottoAy de mí si no evangelizo
(Woe is me if I do not proclaim the Gospel), 1Cor 9:16
Coat of armsÁlvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri's coat of arms
Styles of
Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Pope Francis raised him to the rank of cardinal on 5 October 2019.



Ramazzini was born in Guatemala City, and he was ordained to the presbyterate on June 27, 1971, for service to the Archdiocese of Guatemala.[1] He earned a Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican in Rome. He was a Professor and Rector of the Major Seminary of Guatemala and Pastor of one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Guatemala. On December 15, 1988, Pope John Paul II appointed then-Father Ramazzini as the Bishop of San Marcos. He was consecrated by the Pope on January 6, 1989. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishops Edward Idris Cassidy and José Tomás Sánchez.

As a priest and bishop Ramazzini has been involved in social justice issues, especially in the area of protecting the rights of indigenous people.[2] He has fought against multinational corporations who come to Guatemala for its mineral wealth while destroying the countryside.[3] Bishop Ramazzini has empowered the poor and marginalized and fostered civil courage to fight against the injustice they experience. He has received many death threats because of his work,[2] and has received official letters of support from the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.[3]

In 2005 Ramazzini received the Konrad Lorenz Award. The same year he testified before the International Relations Sub-committee on the Western Hemisphere of the United States House of Representatives. He was elected as the President of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala in 2006. In 2011 he received the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, in honor of his social justice work.[3]

Ramazzini has held many positions in the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala and as of 2013 chaired the Commission for Social Communications and the Commission for Prison Ministry.

Ramazzini participated in the CELAM Assembly in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007, and before that, at the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops in 1997.

On 14 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Ramazzini Bishop of Huehuetenango as he accepted the resignation offered by Bishop Rodolfo Francisco Bobadilla Mata, C.M.[4]

On 5 October 2019, Pope Francis made him Cardinal Priest of San Giovanni Evangelista a Spinaceto.[5] He was made a member of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on 21 February 2020[6] and of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America on 20 April 2020.[7]

See also



  1. ^ "Bishop Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  2. ^ a b McChesney, Rashah (1 October 2011). "Bishop humbled by Pacem in Terris". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  3. ^ a b c Arland-Fye, Rarb (10 August 2011). "Guatemalan bishop to receive Pacem in Terris award". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 14.05.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 05.10.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 21.02.2020" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 20.04.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Julio Amílcar Bethancourt Fioravanti
Bishop of San Marcos
15 December 1988 – 14 May 2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Guatemalan Episcopal Conference
27 January 2006 – 28 January 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Huehuetenango
14 May 2012 –
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Evangelista a Spinaceto
5 October 2019 –