Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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López Trujillo, Alfonso

  • Jakob Egeris ThorsenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_242-1


Alfonso López Trujillo was born in Villahermosa, Colombia, on November 9, 1935. He was ordained priest in 1960. He was Auxiliary Bishop of Bogotá and Titular Archbishop of Boseta from 1971 to 1978 and Coadjutor Archbishop of Medellín from 1978 to 1979. From 1972 to 1984, he was the general secretary of CELAM and organized the third general conference in Puebla in 1979. From 1979 to 1991, López Trujillo was archbishop of Medellín. He was created cardinal in 1983 by Pope John Paul II. He was president of the Pontifical Council for the Family from 1990 to 2008 and died in Rome on April 19, 2008.


Alfonso López Trujillo was born in Villahermosa, Colombia, on November 9, 1935. His parents were Aníbal López and Ester Trujillo. The family soon moved to Bogotá, where he finished high school. López Trujillo studied psychology at the National University of Colombia. In 1954, soon after, he entered seminary in Bogotá, where he studied philosophy and theology. He was ordained...


Catholicism Colombia CELAM Puebla (CELAM) Pope John Paul II II Vatican Council Pope Benedict XVI 
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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark