Wednesday, May 27, 2009

To show my gratitude..

... for your support, for the next days I will empty my treasure vault of all photos of Fernando Cardinal Quiroga Palacios, the prelate who like no other contributed to the Eye-candicity of this blog. Long time readers already met this man quite a few times. I still want to shortly introduce him again for first time visitors.

Fernando Quiroga Palacios was born on January 21st 1900 in San Pedro de Maceda, Orense, Spain. He studied at the seminary in Orense, the Pontifical University of Santiago de Compostela and Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1922. While doing pastoral work in Orense, Quiroga was also a professor and spiritual advisor at the Orense seminary from 1925 to 1942. In 1942, he was named lectoral canon of the cathedral chapter of Valladolid, where he also did pastoral and seminary work until 1945. On November 24, 1945, Quiroga was appointed Bishop of Mondoñedo by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on March 24, 1946, from Archbishop Antonio García y García. Quiroga was advanced to Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela on June 4, 1949, and later Cardinal Priest of S. Agostino by Pius XII in the consistory of January 12, 1953. He was one of the cardinal electors in the 1958 papal conclave. From 1962 to 1965, Quiroga attended the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he participated in the conclave of 1963 that selected Pope Paul VI. The Cardinal was the first President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, serving from 1966 to 1969. Quiroga died in Madrid, at age 71. He is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

[Note: Some of the photos you'll see over the next few days already were posted on the far sight in the past. I will just add them to the new ones, so downloading becomes easier and you don't have to browse the archives.]

The first batch of photos are portraits of Cardinal Quiroga Palacios.

As Bishop:

As Cardinal:


Anonymous said...

An exceedingly welcome posting.
A literally picture-perfect prelate, who had both the good sense to support and befriend the Caudillo, and the good luck to die first, before Spain's slow but sure descent into its present parlous state.
May his heavenly prayers bring some succour to his native land.

Christian said...

Viva Espana! Arriba! Arriba!

Viva el Cristo Rey! Arriba! Arriba!

Viva el Regente! Arriba! Arriba!

leo said...

Anonymous & Christian: Spot on!

Christian said...