Sebastián Aguilar, Fernando, CMF
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Sant'Angela Merici
Native Country: Spain
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 22 February 2014
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona, Spain 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Fernando Sebastián Aguilar Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona, Spain Fernando Sebastián Aguilar was born in Calatayud, Spain, on 14 December 1929. At the age of 15, he entered the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians). He was ordained a priest on 28 June 1953. He was sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology. He wrote his thesis on the divine maternity of Mary. He then went to Belgium to study contemporary philosophy, fundamental theology, and theology and pastoral care of the sacraments, and subsequently began teaching theology. He was elected dean of the department of theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, and then rector. He was ordained a bishop on 29 September 1979, subsequent to his appointment as Bishop of León. In 1982 he was elected secretary general of the Bishops' Conference of Spain. In this position he helped prepare for John Paul II's visit to Spain and maintained the conference's relations with the first government of the country. In 1983 he resigned from his office as Bishop of León, due to his duties within the bishops' conference. He was appointed as Coadjutor of Granada on 8 April 1988. In 1991 he was appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Malaga. The following year he became grand chancellor of the Pontifical University of Salamanca. The next February he was appointed vice-president of the episcopal conference, a position reconfirmed in 1996 and 2002. He was appointed Archbishop of Pamplona on 26 March 1993. In 1994 he became member of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He participated in the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Consecrated Life and collaborated in writing the final message. After dedicating his life to the study of theology pastoral ministry, he retired on 31 July 2007.