Woelki, Rainer Maria
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Giovanni Maria Vianney
Native Country: Germany
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Berlin 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 18 August 2036

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki was born on 18 August 1956 in Cologne, Germany. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1985. He holds a doctorate in theology. In 1990 he was appointed secretary of the Archbishop of Cologne and subsequently was the director of the Collegium Albertinum in Bonn for the seminarians studying theology at the University of Bonn. He was ordained a bishop on 30 March 2003, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Scampa and Auxiliary of Cologne. On 2 July 2011 he was appointed Archbishop of Berlin. Less than a month after being installed as Archbishop he welcomed Benedict XVI on the Pope's third Visit to his homeland. He is consultor for the Congregation for Catholic Education. Within the German Bishops' Conference he is president of the Caritas Commission and member of the religious vocations and Church services. He is the youngest member of the College of Cardinals.