Viktor Frankl Award

Honorary Award 2007


Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga


Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB

(born December 29, 1942) is a Honduran prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the current Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and was President of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) from 1995 to 1999. Maradiaga was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

He was born in Tegucigalpa in Honduras, the third of the four children of Andrés Rodríguez Palacios and Raquel Maradiaga. As a boy, he dreamed of playing the saxophone in a dance band or becoming a pilot. Instead, he entered the religious life, and joined the Salesians on May 3, 1961. He earned doctorates in philosophy from the Institute "Don Rua" in El Salvador, in theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, and moral theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. From the Austrian University of Innsbruck Maradiaga received a diploma in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.
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