Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne
Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne is a Cardinal Priest and Archbishop of Lima in the Roman Catholic Church. Along with Julian Cardinal Herranz Casado, he is one of two cardinals who are members of Opus Dei.
Named Archbishop of Lima in 1999, Cipriani Thorne was proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of San Camillo de Lellis by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, with the title Cardinal Priest of San Camillo de Lellis. His appointment met with protests from a considerable section of center- and left-leaning groups and Christians in Peru due to his close connections with the right-wing regime of Alberto Fujimori. During his first mass as cardinal, representatives of these groups were chanting "God, free us from Cipriani" and "Christ is justice, Cipriani corruption." [*] (Spanish)
Cardinal Cipriani Thorne is a member of the Personal Prelature Opus Dei; he was the first priest incardinated into Opus Dei to be made a cardinal. Cardinal Cipriani Thorne is also Grand Chancellor of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. In 2008 he banned receiving Communion on the hand, instead ordering that the faithful take it on the tongue. He said that "the relaxed attitude of many priests" was to blame for a decline in reverence for the Eucharist among the faithful. [*]
Biography at catholic-pages.com
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