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COBO CANO Card. José


Cardinal José Cobo Cano, Metropolitan Archbishop of Madrid (Spain), Ordinary for the Eastern-Rite faithful in Spain, was born on 20 September 1965 in Jaén, Andalusia, but moved to Madrid in his youth.

He has a solid academic background: a licentiate in civil law; a bachelor’s in theology and a master's degree in Moral Social Theology. His knowledge of the social doctrine of the Church is noteworthy.

On 23 April 1994, he was ordained a priest, incardinated in the archdiocese of Madrid. He has carried out his pastoral ministry in the archdiocese of Madrid, holding posts with a marked social orientation, such as vice-counsellor of the Labour Confraternities (1994-1996); parish vicar (1995-2000) and archpriest (2000) of San Leopoldo; parish priest of San Alfonso María Ligorio (2000-2015); archpriest of Our Lady of Pilar de Aluche-Campamento (2001-2015); member of the Permanent Commission of the II Diocesan Synod of Madrid (2002-2005); episcopal vicar of Vicariate II Northeast (since 2015), member of the Presbyteral Council (2000-2015) and member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.

On 29 December 2017, Pope Francis appointed José Cobo auxiliary bishop of Madrid.

Within the Spanish Episcopal Conference, he is head of the Secretariat for Migrations and, since March 2020, member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Pastoral Care and Human Promotion.

On 12 June 2023, Pope Francis appointed him metropolitan archbishop of Madrid. He took possession of the see on 8 July, in the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de La Almudena.

On 1 March 2024, Pope Francis appointed him Ordinary for the Eastern-Rite faithful in Spain.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 30 September 2023, of the Title of Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli.

Member of: 

  • Dicasteries of the Bishops; for the Laity, the Family and Life.