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DRI Card. Luis Pascual, O.F.M. Cap.

Cardinal Luis Pascual Dri, OFM Cap., Confessor in the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompei, Buenos Aires (Argentina), was born in Federación, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina, on 17 April 1927, into a family where all but one of the children consecrated themselves to God in religious life. From a very young age he worked in the fields, tending animals and planting corn and alfalfa. He attended the local rural school.

He entered the Capuchin Seminary in January 1938 when he was only eleven years old, and completed his primary and secondary studies there. In the Montevideo district of Nuevo París, Uruguay, he entered the novitiate. He took the Capuchin habit on 21 February 1945. In 1949 he gave his perpetual profession. On 29 March 1952, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Montevideo.

He was director of the San Francisco de Carrasco Minor Seminary in 1953. In 1955 he was director of the Seraphic Seminary in Villa Gdor, Galvez, Argentina. In 1959, he was master of novices at San Francisco de Carrasco.

In 1961, he specialized in Europe as formator of novices. In 1962 he began his mission as educator at the Colegio y Liceo Secco Illa de Uruguay, until 1974. He subsequently served as parish priest in Empalme and Colonia Nicolich. In 1976 he was master of novices in the city of Minas, Uruguay. At the beginning of 1983, he was assigned to the parish of San Enrique de Villa Gdor, in Galvez. In 1987, he was appointed parish priest of Santa María de la Ayuda in El Cerro de Montevideo. At the beginning of 2000, he was transferred as parish priest to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora De Pompeya in Buenos Aires, where he spent three years. He was then appointed parish priest in Mar del Plata. In 2007, he returned to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Pompeya.

Today, at the age of 96, he continues to serve the Lord from the confessional where he spends hours every day administering the sacrament of reconciliation.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 30 September 2023, of the Deaconry of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria.