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José María Bueno y Monreal was born in Saragossa, northeastern Spain (not that far from the french border) on September 11, 1904. As with so many would-be-cardinals (e.g., John Joseph Wright from yesterday) he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as well as the Roman Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He, again like Wright, was ordained while in Rome, in March 1927; he was 22.
He returned to Spain and taught at a seminary in Madrid. In November 1945, aged 41, he was appointed Bishop of Jaca (close to where he was born). He was moved to Vitoria in May 1950 and became the Archbishop of Seville in April 1957, aged 52.
He was created a Cardinal Priest in December 1958.
He attended Vatican II. At the end of the Council he urged his flock to cooperate, fully, with implementing and adopting the changes recommended by the Council: “It is perfectly fine to die for Christianity, but it is much harder to live as Christians”.