Religious Figure. Juan Guillermo López Soto was a Mexican Catholic bishop, he held the position of Bishop of Cuauhtémoc-Madera in the state of Chihuahua, from 1995 until his death in 2021. He studied Humanities and Philosophy at the Chihuahua Seminary from 1958 to 1967; three years of Theology at the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Mexico from 1967 to 1970; and finally the fourth year of Theology again at the Chihuahua Seminary from 1970 to 1971. He was ordained a priest on August 18, 1972 in the Cathedral of Chihuahua by the then Archbishop, Adalberto Almeida y Merino. In the Archdiocese of Chihuahua he held numerous positions, among which are: Collaborating Vicar of Delicias from 1972 to 1976, Pastoral Vicar of the Camargo area from 1975 to 1976, Pro-Vicar General in 1977, Secretary of the Presbyterial Council from 1976 to 1982, Chaplain of the Sisters of the Central Hospital, Pastoral Vicar in Lázaro Cárdenas from 1976 to 1982. He also was Parish priest in Saucillo from 1982 to 1992, and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chihuahua from 1992 to 1995, this last position, by appointment of Archbishop José Fernández Arteaga. On November 17, 1995, Pope John Paul II elevated the Prelature of Madera to the new Diocese of Cuauhtémoc-Madera and appointed Juan Guillermo López as its first bishop that same day. He received his episcopal ordination on the following December 15. On August 30, 2021, it was announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was transferred to the city of Chihuahua to be hospitalized; he died as a consequence of this condition on the following September 8.
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