Villalba, Luis Héctor
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Girolamo a Corviale
Native Country: Argentina
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop Emeritus of Tucumán, Argentina 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Luis Héctor Villalba was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 11 October 1934. He studied philosophy and theology at the Major Seminary in Buenos Aires. He was ordained a priest on 24 September i960 and was then sent to Rome, where he earned a license in theology and Church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University. On returning to Argentina he began serving in parish ministry. The following year he became superior of the Major Seminary of Buenos Aires and served there until 1969. From 1965-1975 he dedicated himself to teaching Church history at the Faculty of Theology at Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). In 1969 he was elected dean of the faculty and also began serving in parish ministry. He was ordained a bishop on 22 December 1984, following his appointment as titular Bishop of Ofena and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. He was transferred to the Diocese of San Martín on 16 July 1991 and then on 8 July 1999 he became Archbishop of Tucumán. On 10 June 2011 Benedict XVI accepted his resignation. He served in various roles within the episcopal conference, including as a member of the Commission for Liturgy and of the Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity. He served two terms as head of the Commission for Catechesis and two terms as head of the Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity. He was vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina from 2006-2010. During this time he worked closely with Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was president of the conference at the time. He also participated as a member of the Department of Catechesis of the Latin American Episcopal Council and in the fourth and fifth conferences of the Latin American episcopate, held in Santo Domingo in 1992 and in Aparecida in 2007. He is and has long been a pastor of the periphery in the style of Pope Francis. Archbishop Villalba resigned from his office in 2011, but has never stopped serving in pastoral care. Today he is rector of the Church of Santa Cruz di San Miguel de Tucumán and dedicates himself to preaching the spiritual exercises for the clergy and women religious.