Miguel Obando y Bravo

His Eminence

Miguel Obando y Bravo

Cardinal, Archbishop of Managua
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed16 February 1970
Installed4 April 1970
Term ended1 April 2005
PredecessorVicente Alejandro González y Robleto
SuccessorLeopoldo José Brenes Solórzano
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Evangelista a Spinaceto
Ordination10 August 1958
by Giuseppe Paupini
Consecration31 March 1968
by Marco Antonio García y Suárez
Created cardinal25 May 1985
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameMiguel Obando y Bravo
Born(1926-02-02)2 February 1926
La Libertad, Nicaragua
Died3 June 2018(2018-06-03) (aged 92)
Managua, Nicaragua
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
MottoOmnibus omnia factus
Coat of armsMiguel Obando y Bravo's coat of arms

Miguel Obando y Bravo (2 February 1926 – 3 June 2018) was a Nicaraguan prelate of the Catholic Church. He was the Archbishop of Managua from 1970 to 2005. Pope John Paul II created him a cardinal in 1985.


Styles of
Miguel Obando y Bravo
Coat of arms of Miguel Obando Bravo.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeManagua (emeritus)

Obando was born in La Libertad in the department of Chontales.He was appointed Titular Bishop of Puzia di Bizacena and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Matagalpa on 18 January 1968. He was consecrated on 31 March 1968 by Marco Antonio García y Suárez, Bishop of Granada, assisted by Clemente Carranza y López, Bishop of Estelí, and Julián Luis Barni Spotti, O.F.M., Prelate of Juigalpa. His episcopal motto was Omnibus omnia factus. He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Managua on 16 February 1970 by Pope Paul VI. He was elected as president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, 1971–1974; and 1979–1983. He was also elected as president of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America and Panamá serving from 1976–1980.

Obando was created Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Evangelista a Spinaceto on 25 May 1985, becoming the first Nicaraguan cardinal.[1] He participated in the 2005 papal conclave which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Obando was president of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua from December 1999 to November 2005.

Pope John Paul accepted Obando's resignation as Archbishop of Managua on 1 April 2005.[2] On 14 March 2007 Obando announced at a press conference held at Unica Catholic University that he had accepted a request made in January by Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega to preside over the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, which is charged with ensuring the implementation of signed agreements with Nicaraguans who were affected by the civil war of the 1980s. He said it was not a partisan or government position. When asked if the Holy See approved, he said that Pope Benedict in a recent audience had told him to "work for the reconciliation of the Nicaraguan family".[3][4]

Obando died in Managua on 3 June 2018 at the age of 92.[5]