Bishop Antonio Gómez Cantero, new coadjutor bishop of Almeria

Maria José Atienza-January 8, 2021-Reading time: < 1 minutes

The current bishop of Teruel and Albarracín assumes the assistance in diocesan governance together with MsgrAdolfo González MontesThe company has been headquartered in Almeria since 2002 and will be 75 years old next November.

The Holy See made public at 12:00 noon today, friday 8 January 2021that the Pope Francis has appointed a Bishop Antonio Gómez Cantero coadjutor bishop of Almeria.

 Bishop Gómez Cantero is currently bishop of Teruel and Albarracínwhich joins the current vacancies on the Spanish map.

The Holy See thus responds to the request of the Bishop of Almeria, Msgr. Adolfo Gónzalez Montesto have a coadjutor bishop in the diocese.  

Short biography

Bishop Antonio Gómez Cantero was born in Quijas (Cantabria) on May 31, 1956. He studied high school at the minor seminary of Carrión de los Condes and ecclesiastical studies at the major seminary of San José de Palencia. He was ordained a priest on May 17, 1981. He obtained a licentiate in Systematic-Biblical Theology in the Catholic Institute of Parisin 1995.

The November 17, 2016 Pope Francis makes public his appointment as bishop of Teruel and Albarracín. He received episcopal ordination on January 21, 2017.

At the time of his episcopal appointment he was vicar general and curial moderator (2008-2017) of the. diocese of Palencia, of which he was diocesan administrator from May 8, 2015 until June 18, 2016. 

In the Spanish Episcopal Conference, he is a member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications since March 2020 and Consiliary of the Spanish Catholic Action since October 2018.

The figure of Coadjutor Bishop

According to the code of canon lawThe coadjutor bishop immediately becomes bishop of the diocese to which he was appointed when the diocese becomes vacant. It also determines that he is to be appointed vicar general by the diocesan bishop.

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