Sandri, Leonardo
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: Ss. Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari
Native Country: Argentina
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 24 November 2003
Ecclesiastical Office:  Prefect, Congregation for Oriental Churches 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 18 November 2023

Leonardo Sandri was born in Buenos Aires on 18 November 1943, into a family of Italian origin. He was ordained a priest in 1967. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1974 and served in Madagascar, and from 1977 to 1989 with the Vatican Secretariat of State. From 1989 to 1991 he was an adviser in the office of the papal nuncio to the United States and the Organization of American States. On 22 August 1991, he was named prefect of the Pontifical Household. He was made the assessor for general affairs for the Secretariat of State in 1992. He was named papal nuncio to Venezuela in 1997, and ordained archbishop that same year. In 2000 he was named papal nuncio to Mexico, but later that year was called back to Rome to serve as undersecretary of state for general affairs. He was named prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, June 2007. He was elevated to Cardinal, 24 November 2007, by Pope Benedict XVI.