Rauber, Karl-Josef
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: Sant’Antonio di Padova a Circonvallazione Appia
Native Country: Germany
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Titular Archbishop of Iubaltiana, Apostolic Nuncio 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Karl-Josef Rauber was born in Nürmberg, Germany on 11 April 1934. After studying theology at the University of Mainz, he was ordained a priest on 28 February 1959. For three years he served in the small Catholic community of Nidda, Upper Hesse, before moving to Rome, where he earned a degree in canon law. He then began studying at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and in 1966 he began his diplomatic service for the Holy See. During this time he served as one of four secretaries to the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Giovanni Benelli. Both Benelli and Pope Paul VI had a profound impact on his life and ministry. Starting in 1977, he served as counselor at the Nunciatures in Belgium, Luxembourg and Greece. He was ordained a bishop on 6 January 1983, following his appointment as pro-apostolic nunzio in Uganda and titular Archbishop of Iubaltiana. In 1990 he was appointed president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and, three years later, he returned to diplomatic service, first in Switzerland and in Liechtenstein (1993-1997), in Hungary and in Moldavia (1997-2003), then in Belgium and Luxembourg (2003-2009), concluding his service in the same countries where he began. He worked in Uganda when the country saw the outbreak of AIDS; in Switzerland he worked to calm tensions between the Diocese of Chur and Bishop Wolfgang Haas; in Hungary he helped mend relations between Church and State after the Communist regime; and, when the pontifical representation was created in Brussels, he worked to balance and divide the work of the two diplomatic institutions in Belgium. In 2009, at the age of 75, he retired and now serves in spiritual ministry at the house of the Sisters of Mary of Schönstatt in Ergenzingen.