Ernesto Corripio y Ahumada

Ernesto Corripio y Ahumada (June 29, 1919 – April 10, 2008) was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Mexico in Mexico City (1977–1994) and was Primate of Mexico. In the consistory of June 30, 1979 in Vatican City Pope John Paul II created him Cardinal Priest of the titular church of Mary Immaculate of Tiburtino.

Ernesto Corripio y Ahumada
Cardinal, Primate Archbishop of Mexico
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Appointed19 July 1977
Term ended29 September 1994
PredecessorMiguel Darío Miranda y Gómez
SuccessorNorberto Rivera Carrera
Ordination15 October 1942
by Pope Pius XII
Consecration19 March 1953
by Octaviano Márquez y Toriz
Created cardinal30 June 1979
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born(1919-06-29)June 29, 1919
Died10 April 2008(2008-04-10) (aged 88)
La Noria, Xochimilco, Mexico
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
MottoNuestro Vivir es Cristo
SignatureErnesto Corripio y Ahumada's signature
Coat of armsErnesto Corripio y Ahumada's coat of arms
Styles of
Ernesto Corripio Ahumada
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeMexico City (emeritus)


Corripio y Ahumada was ordained to the priesthood on October 15, 1942. He served as a diocesan priest in his hometown of Tampico for ten years. On December 27, 1952, Pope Pius XII appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Tampico. On March 19, 1953, he was consecrated titular bishop of Zapara. On February 25, 1956, he became Bishop of the diocese.

Pope Paul VI elevated Corripio y Ahumada on July 25, 1967 to Archbishop of Antequera in the state of Oaxaca. On March 11, 1976, he was transferred to become Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles in the state of Puebla. The Pope transferred Corripio y Ahumada once again on July 19, 1977 to the post of Archbishop of Mexico.

Upon assuming the papal throne, Pope John Paul II appointed Corripio y Ahumada a member of the College of Cardinals. He was a member of various departments of the Roman Curia while serving his archdiocese.

He retired on September 29, 1994, and lost the right to participate in a conclave when he reached 80 in 1999.[1]

He died on April 10, 2008 in his house in La Noria, Xochimilco in Mexico City, after complications related to deep thrombosis in his left arm. He is buried in the crypt of Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Tampico
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Antequera
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Puebla de los Ángeles
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Preceded by Archbishop of Mexico
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