Degree in philosophy, Pontifica University Gregoriana, Rome, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in Theology, Pontifica University Gregoriana, Rome, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Francisco de Miranda, Coro, Venezuela, 1993.
Professor, St. Rosa Seminary, Caracas, Venezuela, 1962-1972; professor, Catholic U., Caracas, 1964-1968; rector, St. Joseph Seminary, Caracas, 1971-1972; bishop, Diocese of Caracas, 1971-1980; bishop, Diocese of Coro, Venezuela, 1980-1993; archbishop, Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Venezuela, since 1993.
Member Pontifica Committee Latin America (Italy).