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ARBORELIUS Card. Anders, O.C.D.


Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., Bishop of Stockholm (Sweden), was born in Sorengo on 24 September 1949.He converted to Catholicism at the age of 20. In 1971 he entered the Order of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Norraby, and gave his perpetual vows in Bruges, Belgium in 1977.

He carried out his studies in philosophy and theology in Belgium and at the Teresianum in Rome. At the same time he studied modern languages at the University of Lund. On 8 September 1979 he was ordained a priest in Malmö. On 29 December 1998 he was consecrated a bishop at the Catholic cathedral of Stockholm. He thus became the first catholic bishop of Sweden, of Swedish origin, since the time of the Lutheran Reformation in 1500.

From 2005 to 2015 he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Scandinavia, while in 2015 he was elected vice-president. He was appointed as member of the Commission of the Presidency of the Pontifical Council for the Family from 2002 to 2009.

On 21 January he was appointed as consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 June 2017, of the Title of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Member of:

  • Dicasteries: for the Clergy; for Bishops; for the Oriental Churches; for Promoting Christian Unity;
  • Council for the Economy.