Dario Castrillon Hoyos
Dario Castrillon Hoyos (born 4 July 1929) is a Colombian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy from 1996 to 2006, and served as President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei from 2000 until his retirement in 2009. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1998.
Born in Medellin, Dario Castrillon Hoyos attended the seminaries in Antioquia and Santa Rosa de Osos before going to Rome to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Alfonso Carinci on 26 October 1952, in the basilica of Ss. XII Apostoli. He finished his studies at the Gregorian, from where he obtained a doctorate in canon law and specialization in religious sociology, political economics, and ethical economics. Castrillon Hoyos also studied at the Sociological Faculty of the University of Louvain in Belgium.
On 2 June 1971, Castrillon Hoyos was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Pereira and Titular Bishop of Villa Regis by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 18 July from Archbishop Angelo Palmas, with Archbishop Anibal Munoz Duque and Bishop Baltasar Alvarez Restrepo serving as co-consecrators. Castrillon Hoyos succeeded Alvarez Restrepo as Bishop of Pereira on July 1, 1976.