Aquilino Bocos Merino

Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone
The cardinal (middle) in 2019.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed28 June 2018
Installed26 January 2019
PredecessorFrancesco Marchisano
Ordination23 May 1963
by Francisco Barbado Viejo
Consecration16 June 2018
by Fernando Sebastián Aguilar
Created cardinal28 June 2018
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameAquilino Bocos Merino
Born (1938-05-17) 17 May 1938 (age 82)
Canillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain
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Alma materPontifical University of Salamanca
MottoUt vitam habeant
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Aquilino Bocos Merino, C.M.F. (Spanish pronunciation: [akiˈlino ˈβokoz meˈɾino]; born 17 May 1938) is a Spanish prelate of the Catholic Church, a member and official of the Claretians. He was Superior General of the order, properly known as the Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from 1991 to 2003. Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 28 June 2018.


He was born in Canillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain, on 17 May 1938. He attended the seminary of the Missionary Claretians and was ordained a priest in 1963.[1]

He earned a degree in philosophy at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. From 1980 to 1991 he was general counsel of the Claretians. In 1991 he was elected the order's Superior General and served two six-year terms.[1]

In 1994 he participated in the Synod of Bishops on the consecrated life, and he was a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life from 1994 to 2004.[2]

On 20 May 2018, Pope Francis announced he would make him a cardinal on 28 June.[3] He was consecrated as the Titular Archbishop of Urusi in Madrid on 16 June by Cardinal Fernando Sebastián Aguilar with Cardinals Carlos Osoro Sierra and Ricardo Blázquez as co-consecrators.[4] At the 28 June consistory, he was assigned the diaconate church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Annuncio di Concistoro il 29 giugno per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali, 20.05.2018" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ Kurian, Anne (20 May 2018). "Collège cardinalice: un prêtre clarétain désigné cardinal". Zenit (in French). Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ Tornielli, Andrea (20 May 2018). "Concistoro a giugno, ecco i nuovi cardinali di Francesco". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Aquilino Bocos, un nuevo arzobispo "padre, hermano y amigo de todos"". Vida Nueva (in Spanish). 16 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 28.06.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gustavo Alonso
Superior General of the Claretians
1991 – 2003
Succeeded by
Josep María Abella Batlle
Preceded by
Jose Elmer Imas Mangalinao
Titular Archbishop of Urusi
11 June 2018 – 28 June 2018
Preceded by
Francesco Marchisano
Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone
28 June 2018 –
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