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Karl-Josef Rauber

Karl-Josef Rauber
Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Belgium
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Rauber in 2007
SeeSant'Antonio di Padova a Circonvallazione Appia
Appointed22 February 2003
Term ended18 June 2009
PredecessorPier Luigi Celata
SuccessorGiacinto Berloco
Other postsCardinal-Deacon of Sant'Antonio di Padova a Circonvallazione Appia
Ordination28 February 1959
by Albert Stohr
Consecration6 January 1983
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1934-04-11) 11 April 1934 (age 86)
Nuremberg, Nazi Germany
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Iubaltiana (1983-2015)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Uganda (1982-1990)
  • President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (1990-1993)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland (1993-1997)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Liechtenstein (1993-1997)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary (1997-2003)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Moldova (1997-2003)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium (2003-2009)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Luxembourg (2003-2009)
Motto"Caritas Christi Urget Nos"
(The Love of Christ compels us)
Coat of armsKarl-Josef Rauber's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Karl-Josef Rauber
Priestly ordination
Date28 February 1959
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPope John Paul II
Eduardo Martinez Somalo
Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy
Date6 January 1983
Pope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Styles of
Karl Josef Rauber
Coat of arms of Karl Josef Rauber.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Karl-Josef Rauber (born 11 April 1934) is a cardinal of the Catholic Church, who served as a papal nuncio from 1982 until his retirement in 2009.


After graduating from St.-Michaels-Gymnasium of Metten Abbey in 1950, Rauber studied Catholic theology and philosophy at the University of Mainz. On 28 February 1959, he was ordained in Mainz Cathedral by Bishop Albert Stohr. He was a chaplain in Nidda and in 1962 earned a doctoral degree in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. At the same time, he attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. At the State Secretariat beginning in 1966, Rauber was one of four secretaries of the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Archbishop Giovanni Benelli. He was primarily responsible for the German-speaking territories.[1] Pope Paul VI awarded him on 22 December 1976 the title of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness.[2] In 1977 he was Nuntiaturrat in Belgium and Luxembourg and 1981 in Greece.[1]

On 18 December 1982, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Iubaltiana and pro-nuncio to Uganda. Pope John Paul II also consecrated him as bishop on 6 January 1983. Co-consecrators were the ex officio in the Vatican Secretariat of State, Eduardo Martínez Somalo and the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy. His motto is "Caritas Christi urget nos" (The love of Christ drives us).

On 22 January 1990, Pope John Paul II appointed Rauber President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, a post he held until 16 March 1993. In 1991, he was assigned to investigate the problems encountered in the Diocese of Chur by Bishop Wolfgang Haas.[1] He returned to the diplomatic service of the Holy See when he was named Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland on 16 March 1993[3] and to Liechtenstein on 17 April 1993.[4] His next appointment was on 25 April 1997 as Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary and Moldova.[5] On 22 February 2003 he was named Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg.[6] When the Church leadership in Rome passed over his recommendation of three candidates for the position of Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Pope Benedict XVI named André-Joseph Léonard to the position instead, Rauber objected publicly and described Léonard as wholly unsuited for the appointment.[7][8]

Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation for reasons of age in 2009.

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[9] At that ceremony, he was created Cardinal-Deacon of the titular church of Sant'Antonio di Padova a Circonvallazione Appia.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Helmut Krätzl (9 November 2009). "Laudatio für Erzbischof Dr. Karl-Josef Rauber" (PDF). kath.ch. Katholischer Mediendienst. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Annuario Pontificio per l'anno 1982, Città del Vaticano 1982, S. 1936.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXXV. 1993. p. 395. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXXV. 1993. p. 461. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXXIX. 1997. p. 312. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.02.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Francesco Strazzari (2010). "La scelta di Léonard - Intervista con l'ex nunzio mons. Karl-Josef Rauber". Il Regno - Actualità (in Italian). pp. 85 ff. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Mickens, Robert (5 January 2015). "Francis chooses new cardinals from the margins". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henri Lemaître
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Uganda
18 December 1982 - 22 January 1990
Succeeded by
Luis Robles Díaz
Educational offices
Preceded by
Justin Francis Rigali
President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
Succeeded by
Gabriel Montalvo Higuera
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edoardo Rovida
Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
16 March 1993 - 25 April 1997
Succeeded by
Oriano Quilici
Preceded by
Angelo Acerbi
Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary
25 April 1997 - 22 February 2003
Succeeded by
Juliusz Janusz
Preceded by
Angelo Acerbi
Apostolic Nuncio to Moldova
25 April 1997 - 22 February 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Claude Périsset
Preceded by
Pier Luigi Celata
Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium
22 Feb 2003 - 18 June 2009
Succeeded by
Giacinto Berloco
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Julien Ries
Cardinal Deacon of Sant'Antonio di Padova a Circonvallazione Appia

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