Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga


Born: Dec. 29, 1941

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa

The first Cardinal of Honduras, Maradiaga was ordained a priest in 1970, and went on to become Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in 1993. He is multilingual, with degrees in theology and philosophy, a diploma in clinical psychology, and classical piano training. He is a dynamic pastor and is considered a rising star in the Latin American Church. He served as President of the Conference of Latin American Bishops from 1995 to 1999 and he used the position to denounce Latin America's foreign debt burden. His campaign for human rights and the poor have been highly praised. In addition, he is the founder of the Catholic University of Honduras, and served as the Vatican's spokesperson to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the topic of third world debt.