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Ivan Cardinal Dias
Ordained a priest in 1958 in Mumbai, Dias was appointed to the Secretariat of State in the Roman Curia in 1964. He served at the Secretariat's Eastern Europe office for nine years before being sent to the Apostolic Nunciatures (embassies) in Scandinavia, Indonesia and Madagascar. Dias then transfered to the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church .
Dias returned to the Secretariat of State in 1982, when he was appointed pro-nuncio to Ghana, Benin, and Togo, and consecrated as a titular archbishop. In 1987, he was appointed papal nuncio to South Korea. In 1991, Dias was appointed nuncio to Albania, where he helped rebuild the Catholic Church after the end of Communism. Dias stayed in Albania until early 1997.
Dias was appointed Archbishop of Mumbai on November 8, 1996, and made the Cardinal Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001. Cardinal Dias, who speaks at least 12 languages, was one of the Cardinals considered papabile at the 2005 Papal conclave.
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