Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Reducción, near Río Cuarto, he spent his infancy in his hometown, then in Spain and in Buenos Aires. He studied at the Colegio De La Salle, in Buenos Aires, and later, in 1923,at the Seminary of Córdoba, at the Collegio Pio Latino Americano, in Rome and at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he obtained doctorates in philosophy and canon law. He was ordained priest, on October 28, 1934, at the Collegio Pio Latino Americano, in Rome. From 1934 to 1946, successively, he did pastoral work in the diocese of Río Cuarto; he was vicar cooperator of the Villa del Rosario parish, in the province of Córdoba; he taught canon law and served as vice-rector of the Nuestra Señora de Loreto Seminary, in Córdoba and as faculty member of National University of Córdoba. On October 7, 1946, he was elected titular bishop of Platea and appointed auxiliary of Tucumán. On August 28, 1953, he was named bishop of Tucumán. Four years later, on March 13, he was promoted to archbishop when Tucumán was elevated to metropolitan see. On June 14, 1967, he was transferred to the titular see of Torri di Bizancena and appointed coadjutor, with right of succession, of Buenos Aires. He succeeded to the primatial see of Buenos Aires, on April 22, 1975. Pope Paul VI created him cardinal, on May 24, 1976. He participated in both conclaves of 1978. He served as President of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, from 1982 to 1985 and in that capacity he was instrumental in the reconciliation process in Argentina after the years of military dictatorship and the Falklands/Malvinas War. He resigned the pastoral government of his archdiocese, on July 10, 1990. He passed away in Buenos Aires.
Bio by: Guy Gagnon