The Archdiocese of Barquisimeto, in the state of Lara, through a statement announced, the union in prayer and mourning before the death of Monsignor Antonio José López Castillo, which occurred this Sunday, July 18 in the city of Maracaibo (Zulia), to his 76 years old.
The Apostolic Administrator, Monsignor Víctor Hugo Basabe, highlighted that just this day, López Castillo had been ordained a priest for years, whose training was at the Interdiocesan Major Seminary "Santa Rosa de Lima" in Caracas, 51 years ago.
He also recalled that on December 22, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of the city of Barquisimeto (Lara), "a church that he guided with love and truth during 13 years of pastoral service," added Basabe.
It was on March 25, 2020 when Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Barquisimeto for health reasons of Monsignor López Castillo.
The late monsignor served as Parish Vicar for two years and director of the Center for Vocations in the Archdiocese of Maracaibo for seven years, and after that, he was sent to the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome in 1981, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree. in Moral Theology.
Among other responsibilities, he served as judge of the Ecclesiastical Court and director of the Catholic newspaper La Columna in the Zulia region (Maracaibo).
It was Pope John Paul II who appointed Monsignor López Castillo Titular Bishop of Teuzi and Auxiliary of Maracaibo. In August 1992 he was appointed Bishop of Barinas (Barinas), nine years later he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Calabozo (Guárico).
Basabe concluded by subscribing that "as the Barquisimetana Church we thank God for the consecrated life of Monsignor Antonio José López Castillo, as well as his arduous pastoral work, his closeness to the people of God and his continuous defense of the rights of the most disadvantaged."