Abril y Castello, Santos
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: San Ponziano
Native Country: Spain
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Vice-Chamberlain Emeritus of Apostolic Chamber 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello was born on 21 September 1935 in Alfambra, Spain. He was ordained a priest on 19 March 1960 and holds doctorates in the social sciences and in canon law. After qualifying as a papal diplomat in 1967 at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome, he was appointed secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Pakistan then in Turkey. He received episcopal ordination on 16 June 1985, subsequent to his appointment as titular Archbishop of Tamada and Apostolic Nuncio in Bolivia. He served as Apostolic Nuncio in Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. In 1989 he was appointed Nuncio in the then Yugoslavia. He was elected spokesman of the Diplomatic Corps in Belgrade. He served in Argentina, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and most recently, until 2011 in Macedonia. In January 2011 he was appointed Vice-Camerlengo of the of the Holy Roman Church. He has been a member of the Congregation for Bishops and of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. On November 2011 was appointed Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St Mary Major. On 23 July 2012, he resigned as Vice-Chamberlain of the Apostolic Chamber.