RIP Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez - Death of the Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo at Age 96
Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain, announced that Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez , Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo, died this morning in a hospital in Madrid. The funeral of the body of Cardinal Álvarez will be held next Friday, January 7, at 12:00 pm, in the Primada Cathedral, and will be presided over by the Archbishop of Toledo, Mons. Francisco Cerro Chaves. Later, when the sanitary situation allows it, a funeral mass will be celebrated in the primate temple on a date that will be communicated in due course. The corpse of Mons. Álvarez will receive a Christian burial in the primate cathedral, in front of the Chapel of the Descent of the Virgin. D. Francisco Cerro has addressed a circular letter to the entire diocesan Church on the occasion of the death of Cardinal Álvarez Martínez. His letter can be downloaded at this link . Source: https://www.architoledo.org/noticias/
Pope Francis sent a Telegram of Condolence: On receiving the notice of the death of Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez,Archbishop emeritus of Toledo, I express to your excellence my feeling, praying that I have the kindness to transmit it also to the relatives of the deceased prelate and to those who are part of that ecclesial community.
Likewise, remembering this self-denied pastor who, for years and with faithfulness, given his life to the service of God and the church, I offer suffrages for the eternal rest of his soul, so that the lord Jesus will grant him the non-glorious crown he is leaving and as a sign of Christian hope in the risen lord imparted everyone with the apostolic blessing.
Vatican Biography: Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez,Archbishop emeritus of Toledo, Spain, was born on 14 July 1925 in Santa Eulalia de Ferroñes Llanera, Spain. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Oviedo on 11 June 1950 and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid. He was personal secretary to Archbishop Lauzurica y Torralba and did parish work in the Corredoría neighbourhood. He was later chancellor and secretary of the Archdiocesan Curia and also served as chaplain to university students of the Teresian Institute. On 13 April 1973 he was appointed Bishop of Tarazona and received episcopal ordination on 3 June. He was named Bishop of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño on 20 December 1976 and was transferred to Orihuela-Alicante on 12 May 1989. He was promoted to Archbishop of Toledo on 23 June 1995, and was a member of the Standing Commission and the Executive Committee of the Spanish Episcopal Conference. Archbishop emeritus of Toledo, 24 October 2002. He participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by St. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Maria "Regina Pacis" a Monte Verde (Holy Mary ‘Queen of Peace’ in Monte Verde). Source: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/documentation/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_bio_alvarez-martinez_f.html
With the death of Cardinal Álvarez Martínez, the College of Cardinals now consists of 214 cardinals of whom 120 are electors and 94 are non-electors.