Julio Terrazas Sandoval

Julio Terrazas Sandoval (March 7, 1936 – December 9, 2015) was a Cardinal Priest and Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Julio Terrazas Sandoval
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
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ArchdioceseSanta Cruz de la Sierra
SeeSanta Cruz de la Sierra
Appointed6 February 1991
Installed14 April 1991
Term ended25 May 2013
PredecessorLuis Aníbal Rodríguez Pardo
SuccessorSergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina (previously, Coadjutor Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra)
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Battista de’ Rossi
Ordination29 July 1962
by Bernardo Leonardo Fey Schneider
Consecration8 June 1978
by José Clemente Maurer
Created cardinal21 February 2001
Personal details
Born(1936-03-07)March 7, 1936
Vallegrande, Bolivia
DiedDecember 9, 2015(2015-12-09) (aged 79)
Santa Cruz,Bolivia
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Born in Vallegrande, Bolivia, Terrazas Sandoval was ordained a priest in 1962. He earned a degree in social ministry in France. In Bolivia, he was superior of the Vallegrande Redemptorist community before being appointed Auxiliary of La Paz in 1978. He was later transferred to Oruro in 1982. He chaired the Episcopal Commission on the Laity, Youth and Vocations, was a member of CELAM's Commission on the Laity, and was elected President of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference on several occasions.

Appointed Archbishop of Santa Cruz in 1991, Terrazas Sandoval was made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 21 February 2001. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, and also one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

On May 25, 2013, Pope Francis accepted the resignation he submitted when he turned 75. He was immediately succeeded as Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra by his Coadjutor Archbishop, Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina.[1]

Terrazas died at age of 79 after several complications in his health.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-05-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval dies at 79

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