The Pope on December 7, 2017, has appointed as metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of México, Mexico, Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, currently archbishop of Tlalnepantla. He replaces Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, who resigned.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes was born on January 9, 1950, in Tepic, in the diocese of the same name. He attended the seminary in Tepic and continued his studies at the Seminaries of Montezuma and Tula. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Tepic on April 22, 1973.
He subsequently obtained a licentiate in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome (1977) and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1997).
As a priest, he served as parish vicar, rector of the seminary of Tepic and simultaneously president of the Organization of Mexican Seminaries (OSMEX) and member of the Executive Council of Latin American Seminars. He was then rector of the Juan XXIII residence for priests of the Pontifical University of Mexico and professor of Sacred Scripture in the same university.
On May 28, 1997, he was elected bishop of Texcoco and received episcopal ordination on June 29. On 5 February 2009, he was transferred to the archdiocese of Tlalnepantla as metropolitan archbishop.
From 2006 to 2012 he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico, after having been secretary general from 2004 to 2006.
He has held various positions in CELAM (Latin American Episcopal Council): secretary general from 2000 to 2003; first vice-president from 2003 to 2007 and finally president from 2011 to 2015.
In October 2014 and then also in October 2015 he participated in the two respective Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops on the family.
He was created a Cardinal in the Consistory of 19 November 2016, assuming the Title of Santi Fabiano e Venanzio a Villa Fiorelli.
He is a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.