Cardinal Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella
Cardinal Ivan Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, India, was born on 14 April 1936 in Mumbai, India. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Bombay on 8 December 1958 and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
He entered the Holy See’s diplomatic service in 1964 and was posted to the Nordic countries, Indonesia, Madagascar, La Réunion, the Comorros, Mauritius and the Secretariat of State. On 8 May 1982 he was appointed titular Archbishop of Rusubisir and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Ghana, Togo and Benin, and received episcopal ordination on 19 June. He later served as Apostolic Nuncio in Korea (1987-91) and Albania (1991-97).
On 8 November 1996 he was appointed Archbishop of Bombay.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001. Titular church Holy Spirit at Ferratella.
President Delegate of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2001).