Sergio Obeso Rivera

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Sergio Obeso Rivera
Archbishop of Xalapa
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Xalapa
Appointed12 March 1979
Term ended10 April 2007
PredecessorEmilio Abascal y Salmerón
SuccessorHipólito Reyes Larios
Other posts Cardinal Priest of San Leone I (2018–2019)
Ordination31 October 1954
by  Clemente Micara
Consecration21 June 1971
by Emilio Abascal y Salmerón
Created cardinal28 June 2018
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal priest
Personal details
Birth nameSergio Obeso Rivera
Born(1931-10-31)31 October 1931
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Died11 August 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 87)
Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico
Buried Xalapa Cathedral
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Alma mater
MottoVirtus in infirmitate
('Power in weakness', 2 Cor 12:9)

Sergio Obeso Rivera (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈseɾ.xjo oˈβeso riˈβeɾa] ; 31 October 1931 – 11 August 2019) was a Mexican prelate of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Xalapa from 1979 to 2007 after serving as Bishop of Papantla from 1971 to 1974 and then as coadjutor in Xalapa from 1974 to 1979. Pope Francis created him a cardinal on 28 June 2018.

Prelate High-ranking member of the clergy

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Catholic Church Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Xalapa archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Xalapa is a Metropolitan Archdiocese in Mexico, based in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz. It is responsible for the suffragan dioceses of Coatzacoalcos, Córdoba, Orizaba, Papantla, San Andrés Tuxtla, Tuxpan and Veracruz.



Sergio Obeso Rivera was born in Xalapa, Mexico on 31 October 1931. [1] His father was a native of Asturias, Spain, and his mother was from Las Vigas de Ramírez, where he was raised. [2] He entered the seminary in Xalapa on 23 January 1944 [3] and was ordained in Rome on 31 October 1954 and while earning his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. [1] Until 1971 he held various positions at the Xalapa seminary, including prefect of philosophy, spiritual director, and rector. [3]

Xalapa Municipality and City in Veracruz, Mexico

Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. In the 2005 census the city reported a population of 387,879 and the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat reported a population of 413,136. The municipality has an area of 118.45 km². Xalapa lies near the geographic center of the state and is the second-largest city in the state after the city of Veracruz to the southeast.

Asturias Autonomous community and province of Spain

Asturias, officially the Principality of Asturias, is an autonomous community in north-west Spain. It is coextensive with the province of Asturias and contains some of the territory that was part of the larger Kingdom of Asturias in the Middle Ages. Divided into eight comarcas (counties), the autonomous community of Asturias is bordered by Cantabria to the east, by León to the south, by Lugo (Galicia) to the west, and by the Bay of Biscay to the north.

Las Vigas de Ramírez is a city in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

On 30 April 1971, Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Papantla [1] and he was consecrated a bishop on 29 July. [4]

Pope Paul VI Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978

Pope Paul VI was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Montini served in the Holy See's Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the Secretariat of State, Montini and Domenico Tardini were considered as the closest and most influential advisors of Pius XII, who in 1954 named him Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian diocese. Montini later became the Secretary of the Italian Bishops' Conference. John XXIII elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 1958, and after the death of John XXIII, Montini was considered one of his most likely successors.

On 18 January 1974, Pope Paul appointed him titular archbishop of Uppenna and Archbishop Coadjutor of Xalapa, and on 12 March 1979 he became Archbishop of Xalapa. [1]

Uppenna titular see in Tunisia

Uppenna or Upenna is a Tunisian archaeological site located on the site of the present locality of Henchir Chigarnia. The site has delivered a basilica and the remains of a fortress.

He was elected to the three three-year terms as president of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico in 1982, 1985, and 1994. [3] He was also president of the Conference's Commission for Social Pastoral Care in 2002 when it called for reform of Mexico's Law of Indian Rights and Culture in a statement that said: "It is not possible to continue to live in a Mexico divided by racism and discrimination. The Indian peoples justly deserve the recognition of their cultures, of their way of seeing things, and of their autonomy." [5]

Episcopal Conference of Mexico

The Mexican Episcopal Conference is an organization of Catholic bishops, known as an episcopal conference. It is the official leadership body of the Catholic Church in Mexico.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation on 10 April 2007. [6]

Pope Benedict XVI 265th pope of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head of the Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.

Pope Francis made Obeso a cardinal on 28 June 2018, assigning him the titular church of San Leone I. [7] He took possession of his titular church at a Mass on 1 July. [8]

In August 2018, Obeso said that while some accusations made by victims of Catholic Church sexual abuse cases are valid, about those who make accusations of pedophilia against Catholic clerics some should be "ashamed" to point their finger and "should have a little pity because they have tails that are stepped on, very long." [9] [10]

He died on 11 August 2019 at his home in Coatepec. [11] [12]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Alfonso Sánchez Tinoco
Bishop of Papantla
30 April 1971 15 January 1974
Succeeded by
Genaro Alamilla Arteaga
Preceded by
Emilio Abascal y Salmerón
Archbishop of Xalapa
12 March 1979 10 April 2007
Succeeded by
Hipólito Reyes Larios
Preceded by
Karl Lehmann
Cardinal-Priest of San Leone I
28 June 2018 11 August 2019