Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga

Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga (born 1 January 1934 in Riobamba) is the Archbishop Emeritus of Quito. He served as archbishop of Quito, the capital of Ecuador from 2003 to 2010, when Fausto Trávez Trávez was appointed as his successor.

His Eminence

Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Quito
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During the "Arrastre de Caudas" ceremony, 2014.
DioceseArchdiocese of Quito
SeeCathedral of Quito
Installed21 March 2003
Term ended11 September 2010
PredecessorAntonio José González Zumárraga
SuccessorFausto Trávez Trávez
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via
Ordination28 July 1957
by Leonidas Eduardo Proaño Villalba
Consecration21 May 1972
by Pablo Muñoz Vega
Created cardinal20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Personal details
Born (1934-01-01) 1 January 1934 (age 86)
Riobamba, Ecuador
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Coat of armsRaúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga's coat of arms

Pope Benedict XVI elevated Vela Chiriboga to the status of cardinal at a consistory on 20 November 2010, making him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via. He participated in the papal conclave of 2013, which selected Pope Francis after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's resignation.

Cardinal Vela Chiriboga lost the right to participate as a Cardinal elector in future papal conclaves and his active Curial memberships upon reaching the age of 80 on 1 January 2014, though he may still participate in pre- and post-conclave discussions and meetings and be asked by the Pope and Curial departments to give his advice and counsel.

On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Pope Francis named Cardinal Vela Chiriboga to be his Special Envoy to the 10th National Eucharistic Congress of Peru, to be celebrated in Piura.[1]


External linksEdit

  • "Vela Chiriboga Card. Raúl Eduardo". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  • Profile on the Archdiocese of Quito's website (in Spanish)
  • Catholic Hierarchy entry