Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales

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Gaudencio Borbón Cardinal Rosales
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Church positions
See   Manila
Title   Cardinal Archbishop of Manila
Period in office   November 21, 2003 – present
Created cardinal   March 24, 2006
Predecessor   Jaime Cardinal Sin
Successor   incumbent
Previous post  Archbishop of Lipa
Date of birth   August 10, 1932
Place of birth   Batangas City, Batangas

Gaudencio Borbón Cardinal Rosales (born August 10, 1932) is the current archbishop of Manila. Succeeding Jaime Cardinal Sin in 2003. He is the fourth Filipino archbishop of Manila.


Early life and career

Rosales was born in Batangas City, Batangas on 10 August 1932 to Godofredo D. Rosales and Remedios M. Borbon. After completing his elementary and secondary education in Batangas, Rosales entered the priesthood and studied theology at the San Jose Seminary in Manila. His classmates at the seminary included Bishop Severino Pelayo, former bishop of the military ordinariate, and Bishop Benjamin Almoneda, former bishop of Daet, Camarines Norte.

He was ordained a priest by Bishop Alejandro Olalia in 1958. After teaching at the St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Lipa City for 11 years, Rosales was assigned to the remote barrio of Baay-baay for two years. He eventually became the parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Church in Batangas City in 1972.

To Manila, Malaybalay, and back to Lipa

In 1974 Rosales was appointed as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Manila and district bishop of East Antipolo, Rizal, under then Archbishop Rufino Cardinal Santos. He was assigned as rector of the San Carlos Seminary in 1980, but his term was cut short in 1982 by appointment as coadjutor bishop to the controversial Bishop Francisco Claver of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

Rosales later succeeded Claver as Bishop of Malaybalay in 1984. It was during his stint in Malaybaay that Rosales became known for his environmental advocacy by leading a church-based anti-logging campaign, along with the support of environmental groups and people's organizations. Because of this, Rosales was invited to represent the Diocese of Malaybalay at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

With the retirement of Archbishop Mariano Gaviola of Lipa, Rosales returned to his home province and was installed as his successor in 1993. It was here that Rosales convened the first Lipa Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (LAGPAS 1) in 1996. By 2000, with the third LAGPAS, the archdiocese launched the Pondong Batangan, an alternative community foundation, which would later become the model for the Pondo ng Pinoy project.

As Archbishop of Manila

With the retirement of Jaime Cardinal Sin, Rosales was installed as archbishop at the Manila Cathedral in 2003. As archbishop, he instituted the Pondo ng Pinoy, a community fund where Filipinos are asked to donate 25 centavos every day to fund the charity work of the Catholic Church. By 2008, the project has already raised around P161 million.

Rosales was also elevated to the rank of Cardinal with his appointment as Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Nome di Maria in Via Latina (Most Holy Name of Mary on Via Latina), succeeding the late Cardinal Paulos Tzadua in 2006.

Despite reaching the retirement age of 75 in 2007, Rosales has stayed on as Manila Archbishop.

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: Bruno Torpigliani
Date of consecration: October 28 1974
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara April 30 2005
Preceded by
Francisco F. Claver
Bishop of Malaybalay
Succeeded by
Honesto Chaves Pacana
Preceded by
Mariano Gaviola y Garcés
Archbishop of Lipa
Succeeded by
Ramon Cabrera Argüelles
Preceded by
Jaime Cardinal Sin
Archbishop of Manila
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paulos Cardinal Tzadua
Cardinal-Priest of SS. Nome di Maria in Via Latina
March 24, 2006 – present
Succeeded by




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