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Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez
Birth: Aug. 4, 1922
Lajas
Lajas Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 2012
San Juan
San Juan Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA

Roman Catholic Cardinal. The second Puerto Rican Bishop and the first Cardinal, he shall be remembered as the longtime Archbishop of San Juan. Raised in the coastal village of his birth, he was involved in his Church from early childhood, serving as an altar boy for many years. After study at the Seminary of San Juan he completed his education at the St. John Seminary in Boston and was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Ponce on April 10, 1950. Over the next decade Aponte Martinez was a curate, school administrator, parish priest, and Chaplain of the Puerto Rico National Guard before being consecrated Bishop and named Auxillary of Ponce on October 12, 1960. Later the Coadjutor he became Bishop of Ponce on November 18, 1963, then on November 4th. of the year following he was installed as the 57th. Archbishop of San Juan. Over the next 35 years he led a Diocese of roughly a million Catholics, along the way seeing a sustained period of membership growth and expansion of Church property. Created Cardinal by Pope Paul VI on March 5, 1973, he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and of the Puerto Rican Episcopal Conference. The Cardinal voted in both Papal Conclaves of 1978 and was generally both liked and respected despite occasional criticism of his conservative theological and political stances. He remained in San Juan following his 1999 age-mandated retirement and at his death from chronic heart disease was still the only Cardinal from Puerto Rico. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Cathedral of San Juan Bautista
San Juan
San Juan Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Apr 10, 2012
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