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Jorge Maria Mejia

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His Eminence Jorge Maria Cardinal Mejia is an Argentinian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives, and Librarian Emeritus of the Vatican Library.

Mejia was ordained to the priesthood for the Metropolitan See of Buenos Aires on September 22, 1945. He taught Sacred Scripture at several universities, participated at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, and on September 20, 1978, was made a Chaplain of His Holiness. On March 8, 1986, he was appointed titular archbishop of Apollonia, and an official of the Curial Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. His episcopal consecration took place on the following April 12, and was performed by Roger Cardinal Etchegaray (with Archbishop Eduardo Martinez Somalo and Bishop Antonio Javierre Ortas as co-consecrators). Mejia was subsequently named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops on March 5, 1994. Five days later, on March 10, he was appointed Secretary of the College of Cardinals. On March 7, 1998, he became both the Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives and the Librarian of the Vatican Library. He was created Cardinal Deacon of S. Girolamo della Carita by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001. He retired as archivist and librarian on November 24, 2003.

Cardinal Mejia was 82 at the time of the 2005 papal conclave, and thus not eligible to vote. He currently holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), and a license in biblical science from the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

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