Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who became the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in 2007.
He received a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1970.
He was seen as a likely successor for the election to the Papacy in 2013 buy was passed over for fellow Argentinian Pope Francis.
His parents were Italian immigrants.
He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.