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José Tomás Sánchez (born March 17, 1920) is a Roman Catholic Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and Cardinal Priest from the Philippinesmarker. He was born in Pandanmarker town in the island-province of Catanduanesmarker and attended the seminary of the Holy Rosary in Naga Citymarker, where he obtained a doctorate in theology at the University of Santo Tomasmarker of Manilamarker. He was ordained a priest on 12 May 1946.

As a priest, Sánchez carried out an intense pastoral activity in Sorsogonmarker and Legazpi Citymarker, dioceses in which for a period, was vicar general. He also taught at the minor seminary of Sorsogon, Academy of St. Agnes, superior school of Albay and at the Aquinas University in Legazpi city. He also taught at the major seminary of the Holy Rosary in Naga City.

On 5 February 1968, he was elected titular bishop of Lesvi and Auxiliary of Caceres. He received episcopal ordination on 12 May 1968. On 12 December 1972 he was named Coadjutor of the Bishop of Lucena whom he succeeded on 25 September 1976.

From 1970, he was a member of the Administrative Council of the Conference of Bishops of the Philippines; from 1976, President of the Committee for the Apostolate of the Laity; from 1976 to 1980, co-president of a Church-military commission; and from 1981 to 1985, member of the permanent commission of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences. In 1974, he was a delegate of the Philippines at the III Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to evangelization.

On 12 January 1982 he became Archbishop of Nueva Segovia and resigned on 22 March 1986. From 30 October 1985 until 1991, he was Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Roman Curia.

As Secretary of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, in the Encyclical Redemptoris Missio he offered a comment especially in reference to the specific aspects inherent to the activity of his dicastery.

July 1991 he was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy (until June 1996), and served from 1991-1993 as President of Commission for Preservation of Artistic and Historic Patrimony of the Church. Sanchez was created and proclaimed a Cardinal-Deacon by John Paul II in the consistory of 28 June 1991, of the Title of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna (deaconry raised pro hac vice to presbyteral title).


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