Cardinal Priest of Our Lady of the Presentation
He was born on 2 March 1949, the third of 16 children. He studied for the priesthood in Mexico and was ordained on 20 July 1976 and then undertook further studies in Rome until 1979. He returned home to be Vicar General of the diocese of Autlan and a seminary professor. On the bishop's death in 1990, he was appointed apostolic administrator.
Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Toluca on 30 April 1991, and he was consecrated on 5 June 1991 by the Bishop of Toluca, with the titular see of Bossa.
When the Bishop of Toluca died in 1995, he was named diocesan administrator and then appointed as the new Bishop of Toluca on 15 June 1996. Pope John Paul II then appointed him Archbishop of Monterrey on 25 January 2003.
Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal on 24 November 2007.