Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria della Speranza
Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), was born on 29 December 1942 in Tegucigalpa. He was ordained for the Salesians on 28 June 1970 and holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and a diploma in clinical psychology and psychotherapy from Leopold Franz University, Innsbruck.
He taught chemistry, physics and music at various Salesian colleges in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and was professor of moral theology and ecclesiology at the Salesian Theological Institute, Guatemala, and rector of the Salesian Philosophical Institute in the same country.
On 28 October 1978 he was appointed titular Bishop of Pudentiana and Auxiliary of Tegucigalpa, receiving episcopal ordination on 8 December. He was promoted to Archbishop of Tegucigalpa on 8 January 1993 and was President of CELAM (1995-99). He is currently President of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of Our Lady of Hope.