|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1919|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 2008|
Former Archbishop of México City and Primate Of All Mexico, Cardinal Ernesto Corripio y Ahumada was born on June 29, 1919, in Tampico, México, the son of Ernesto Corripio Estrada and Herminia Ahumada, the eldest of four brothers, the other children being Valentín, Francisco and Narciso.
During his infancy the Catholic Church in México underwent a harsh Religious Persecution which became more acute during the Government of Plutarco Elías Calles, who assumed the Presidency in 1924, when the Future Cardinal was five years of age. The Cristero Conflict in its critical phase lasted until 1929, when the Government and the Church arrived at an unfulfilled peace agreement. By that time, Ernesto had already felt God's Call and was the Altar Server of Padre Francisco Cortés, who had to seek refuge in the house of the now Servant Of God, Francisco Balmori. Inspired in his Vocation by his maternal grandmother and promoted by the Bishop of Tampico, Msgr. Serafín María Armora, he entered the Seminario Palafoxiano, of Puebla. He pursued further studies in Rome, where he resided at the Collegio Pio Latino Americano and where he was ordained a Presbyter aged 23, on October 25, 1942, in the Chiesa di Gesù, by Msgr. Luigi Traglia, Titular Archbishop of Cesarea di Palestina, Vice - Gerent of the Diocese Rome and Future Cardinal.
After briefly serving as a Diocesan Priest in his hometown of Tampico, where amongst others he was assigned as Faculty Member, Administrator and Vice - Rector of the Seminary of Tampico, and also Secretary of the Tampico's Diocesan Curia, Pope Pius XII named him Auxiliary Bishop of Ciudad Victoria - Tamaulipas, Tamaulipas, México, on December 27, 1952 when only 33 years of age, being therefore at the time, the youngest Bishop of the World.
Monsignor Corripio received his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Zapara on March 19, 1953, from Archbishop Octaviano Márquez y Tóriz, assisted by the late Bishops Serafín María Armora y González and Luis Guízar y Barragán. Shortly after attending the Second Vatican Council, he was appointed Bishop of the named Diocese of Tampico, on February 25, 1956, following the demise of the named Bishop Armora y González, who died aged 79, on October 15, 1955.
At the age of 48, on July 25, 1967, Mgr. Ernesto was appointed Archbishop of Antequera, Oaxaca, following the retirement of Archbishop Fortino Gómez León and was transferred to the Archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla on March 11, 1976, following the death of Archbishop Octaviano Márquez y Tóriz.
On July 19, 1977, shortly after the retirment of Cardinal Miguel Darío Miranda y Gómez, confident in his Leadership abilities, Pope Paul VI appointed Mgr. Corripio y Ahumada as Archbishop of México City. Pope John Paul II, in his first Consistory, which was held on June 30, 1979, named fifteen Prelates to the College of Cardinals, including Archbishop Corripio, who was at the time 60 years of age. The Archbishop received the Title of the Conceptionis Immaculatae B. Mariae Virginis ad Viam Tiburtinam, which prior to his Possesion, had been the Cardinalitial Title of Reginald John Cardinal Delargey, Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand. Amongst the named fifteen Prelates, other important figures included those of Agostino Casaroli, Titular Archbishop of Cartagine, Pro - Secretary of State, Pro - Prefect of the Council for Public Affairs of the Church ; Giuseppe Caprio, Titular Archbishop of Apollonia, Pro - President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See ; Marco Cè, Patriarch of Venice, Italy ; Roger Etchegaray, Archbishop of Marseilles, France ; Gerald Emmett Carter, Archbishop of Toronto, Canada ; Egano Righi - Lambertini, Titular Archbishop of Doclea, Nuncio in France, Special Envoy, with functions of Permanent Observer, to the Council of Europe ; and Tomás Ó Fiaich, Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland.
Cardinal Corripio attended the First Plenary Assembly of the Sacred College of Cardinals, Vatican City, which was held between November 5 to 9, 1979, and served as Special Papal Representative to the Funeral Mass of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador, who was assassinated while Celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. The Funeral was later celebrated on March 30. Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy, Corripio served as Special Papal Envoy to the National Marian Congress, La Paz, Bolivia, which took place between January 29 and February 5, 1984. He resigned the Pastoral Government of the Archdiocese on September 29, 1994, and served as Apostolic Administrator of the Sede Vacante of México, between September 29, 1994, and June 13, 1995, when Msgr. Norberto Rivera Carrera, was named as his Successor.
The Cardinal was the most instrumental figure in the renewing of Diplomatic Relations between the Holy See and México.
Following severe health problems, in his later years the Cardinal was confined to a wheelchair. He died at 88 years of age in his residence in La Noria, Xochimilco, México City, on Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 5.30 am., after complications related to deep thrombosis he suffered in his left arm. His death came shortly after that of another Mexican Cardinal, Msgr. Adolfo Antonio Suárez Rivera, Archbishop Emeritus of the Metropolitan See of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, who died aged 81 on Saturday, March 22, 2008, after suffering a Cerebral Hemorrhage.
Cardinal Corripio y Ahumada's body, dressed in Red Gothic Liturgical Vestments, was exposed in the Minor Seminary of the Archdiocese of México on April 10, from 4 pm. until the following day at noon. Then, the casket with the body of the late Cardinal was transferred to the National Basilica of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, where it laid in repose until Saturday at noon, when it was again transferred, this time to the Metropolitan and Primatial Cathedral of México City. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of México, Presided the Funeral Mass on Sunday, April 13 in the named Cathedral. Internment took place in the Crypt of the Archbishops below the Altar de los Reyes of that Cathedral.
Cause Of Death : Complications Aroused From A Thrombosis Suffered In The Left Arm, After Years Of Diabetes Complications And A History Of Heart Trouble.
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Plot: Cripta De Los Arzobispos, Beneath The Altar De Los Reyes, Fila 2, Sitio 41.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Apr 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25963309
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Corripio y Ahumada, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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