Cardinal Priest of Santa Sabina
Born in Udavske, in the diocese of Kosice, Slovakia, on March 11, 1924, Cardinal Tomko was ordained on March 12, 1949. He studied in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University and at the Gregorian, earning degrees in Theology, Canon Law and Social Sciences. In 1966, he headed the Doctrinal Office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and afterwards worked in the Secretariat of State and elsewhere in the Vatican Curia. Named Archbishop of the titular Church of Doclea on July 12, 1979, he was made a cardinal by John Paul II during the Consistory of May 25, 1985, thus becoming the first Slovak cardinal of this century. He was immediately afterwards appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Urban University.