Julio Terrazas Sandoval was born on March 7, 1936, and died on December 9, 2015.
He was a Cardinal Priest and Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in the Roman Catholic Church.
Born in Vallegrande, Bolivia, Julio was ordained a priest in 1962.
Julio earned a degree in social ministry in France. In Bolivia, he was superior of the Vallegrande Redemptorist community before being appointed Auxiliary of La Paz in 1978.
He was later transferred to Oruro in 1982.
Julio chaired the Episcopal Commission on the Laity, Youth and Vocations, has been a member of CELAM’s Commission on the Laity, and has been elected President of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference on several occasions.
Appointed, Archbishop of Santa Cruz in 1991, Julio was made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 21 February 2001.
Julio was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, and also one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.
On May 25, 2013, Pope Francis accepted the resignation, he submitted when he turned 75.
Julio was immediately succeeded as Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra by his Coadjutor Archbishop, Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina.
Julio Terrazas passed away at age 79 after several complications in his health.