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N.Y. Encyclopedia of Famous Puerto Ricans    


                                  Cardenal Luis Aponte Martinez


Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez, was born the 4 of August of 1922, in Lajas. In the decade of 1960, Puerto Rico returned to have another bishop born in the country, Luis Aponte Martinez. Of numerous family, He studied in the Seminary of San Juan and the one of Saint John of Boston. In the one of Saint Leo, Florida, concluded its doctoral studies. In the 1950 it saw fulfilled his dream when ordering itself like priest in San Germa'n. She was vice chancellor and superintendent of schools in the diocese of Ponce and chancellor of the Catholic University. In 1960 Bishop and in 1964 is consecrated, Archbishop of San Juan. In March of 1973, the Pope Pablo I SAW named Cardinal. It presided over the Meeting of Receivers of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and the Economic Committee of Conferencia Latin American Episcopal (CELAM). It faced manifold challenges as of the decade of 1970, among them the shortage of vocations. It lived memorable moments, as the visit to Puerto Rico in 1984, of santo father Juan Pablo II. The acquisition of a radio transmitter, a publication and television station of a weekly magazine. "the Visitor", extended the visibility of the Church in means. In 1999, he retired from the Archbishop of San Juan and he was replaced by Monsignor Roberto O Gonzalez.

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                            Saturday January 10, 2004