The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, O.F.M., as coadjutor archbishop of Mérida-Badajoz, Spain, transferring him from the titular see of Belcastro and the office of secretary of the Dicastery for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. Archbishop Carballo will continue to perform his duties at the aforementioned Diastery until 31 October 2023.
Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, O.F.M., was born on 11 August 1953 in Lodoselo, diocese of Orense, Spain. He gave his temporary vows on 9 August 1971 and his solemn profession in the Order of Friars Minor on 8 December 1976.
He was ordained a priest on 28 June 1977 in Jerusalem in the Church of Saint Saviour.
He holds a degree in biblical theology and oriental sciences from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem, and a degree in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
He has held the following positions: master of novices in the religious province of Santiago de Compostela (1982-1989); provincial definitor and provincial secretary for Formation and Studies; commissary of the Holy Land; guardian and rector of the Convent of Saint Francis in Santiago de Compostela and master of the friars in temporary profession; teacher of sacred scripture at the diocesan seminary of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela; provincial minister of Santiago de Compostela; president of the Union of Franciscan Provincial Ministers of Europe (1993-1997); definitor general of the Order, secretary general for Formation and Studies and delegate of the Grand Chancellor for the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome; minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, as 119th successor of Saint Francis of Assisi; president of the Union of Superiors General; member of the Congregations for the Evangelization of Peoples and for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life; member of the Executive Council of the Union of Superiors General (2003-2012) and president of the Theological Commission (2009-2012); and president of the Union of Superiors General.
He was appointed titular archbishop of Belcastro and secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life on 6 April 2013, and received episcopal consecration on the following 18 May at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
He is a Doctor Honoris Causa for the University of the Americas, for the University of San Buenaventura in Colombia and for the same University in the United States of America. He is also a member of the International Academy of Portuguese Culture.