Pimiento Rodríguez, José de Jesús
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto
Native Country: Colombia
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales, Colombia 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez was born in Zapatoca, Colombia on 18 February 1919. Despite his family’s economic hardship, he was able to fulfil his dream of becoming a priest; he was ordained on 14 December 1941. Then he began serving as coadjutor vicar in parishes in Mogotes and in the Cathedral of San Gil y Vélez. He also was prefect and professor of the seminary, chaplain of the hospital of San Gil and coordinator of Social Action and diocesan Catholic Action. At the age of 36, he was ordained a bishop on 28 August 1955, following his appointment as titular Bishop of Apollonide and Auxiliary of Pasto. Four years later, John XXIII appointed him Bishop of Montería on 30 December 1959, where he remained until 1964, when he was transferred to Garzón. After participating in Vatican II, he was a delegate to the general conferences of the Latin American episcopate, held in Medellín in 1968, in Puebla de los Ángeles, Mexico in 1979, and in Santo Domingo in 1992. In 1972, he was appointed president of the Episcopal Conference and served for six years: During that time he participated in several Synods and from 1972-1973 he was a counselor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Colombia for dialogue with the government in the revision of the accord. On 22 May 1975, he became Archbishop of Manizales and served there for 21 years, placing great emphasis on applying Vatican II decrees, especially in the pastoral care of the family, of the youth and of society. He promoted the Council’s proposed renewal with parishes and the major archdiocesan seminary, in addition to updating the process of formation for priests and other vocations. Throughout his episcopate he helped to realize centres for evangelization and catechesis in the Archdiocese of Manizales and centres for youth. He organized the restoration of two of the Cathedral’s bell towers which had been damaged in the earthquake of 1979, the same year in which he organized the restructuring of the minor seminary which then became the archdiocesan major seminary. Following the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in 1985, he housed hundreds of people from Chinchiná, Papayal, Los Cuervos, La Guayana de Villamaría, La Paz and Encanto. In 1995, he resigned as Archbishop of Manizales and retired to the city of Urabá, where he works in pastoral ministry. In 2005, he celebrated the golden jubilee of his episcopate. At the age of 96, he is one of the only living Council Fathers left.