Brenes Solórzano, Leopoldo José
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Gioacchino ai Prati de Castello
Native Country: Nicaragua
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 22 February 2014
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 7 March 2029

Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano was born in Ticuantepe, Nicaragua on 7 March 1949. He is the eldest of four children. From a young age he wanted to become a priest and soon entered the national seminary of Nuestra Señora de Fátima in Managua. He subsequently attended the conciliar seminary in the Archdiocese of Mexico. He then moved to Rome where he earned a BA in theology and a licence in dogmatic theology. He was ordained a priest on 16 August 1974 and began serving in parish ministry. He was ordained a bishop on 19 March 1988, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Maturba and Auxiliary of Managua. Then in 1991 he was transferred to the Diocese of Matagalpa. There he served as secretary general of the bishops' conference, and organized the Eucharistic-Marian conference, and participated in the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops. Following the death of the Archbishop of Managua, John Paul II appointed him as the fourth archbishop of the capital city and the appointment was made public on April 2005, the day before Pope Wojtyla died. His responsibilities in the bishops' conference increased and he eventually become president of the conference. He also became a member of the commission for vocations and ministers at the Episcopal Council of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM). In 2011 he left his post as president of the episcopal conference and began serving as president of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC). He is the second Nicaraguan cardinal.