The pope appoints the bishop of Tortosa, Enrique Benavent, archbishop of Valencia

Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Tortosa, Enrique Benavent Vidal, Archbishop of Valencia, as reported by the Apostolic Nunciature to the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Enrique Benavent replaces Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was archbishop of Valencia since 2014 and will continue as apostolic administrator until Monsignor Benavent takes office, according to the Episcopal Conference.

Enrique Benavent was born on April 25, 1959 in Quatretonda (Valencia). He studied ecclesiastical studies at the diocesan seminary of Moncada (Valencia), attending classes at the "San Vicente Ferrer" Faculty of Theology where he obtained a Licentiate in Theology (1986).

He is a Doctor of Theology (1993) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He received priestly ordination in Valencia from John Paul II on November 8, 1982, during his first Apostolic Visit to Spain.

He was appointed titular bishop of Rotdon and auxiliary of Valencia on November 8, 2004. He received episcopal ordination on January 8, 2005. Appointed bishop of Tortosa on May 17, 2013, he began his episcopal ministry in this see on July 13 of the same year.

In the Spanish Episcopal Conference, he has been the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2017. He is also a member of its Permanent Commission.

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