Porras Cardozo, Baltazar Enrique
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Santi Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio
Native Country: Caracas, Venezuela
Appointed by: Francis on 19 November 2016
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Mérida, Venezuela 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Card. Porras Cardozo was born 10 October 1944, in Caracas, Venezuela. After completing his philosophy studies in Caracas, he went to Spain where he obtained a license in theology in 1966 and a doctorate in pastoral theology in 1977. He was ordained a priest on 30 July 1967 and served as vicar cooperator, pastor, professor at the seminary, director of the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario and professor at the IUT de los Llanos. In Caracas he served as vice rector of the inter-diocesan seminary and director of studies (1978-1979); rector of the San José del Hatillo Seminary from 1979-1983. He was ordained a bishop on 17 September 1983, following his appointment as titular Bishop of Lamdia and Auxiliary of Mérida. On 30 October 1991, John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Mérida. From March 1998 to June 1999, he also served as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Diocese of San Cristóbal. He served two consecutive terms as president of the Bishops' Conference of Venezuela.