The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Elkin Fernando Álvarez Botero, until now titular of Gemellae in Numidia and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Medellín, as bishop of Santa Rosa de Osos, Colombia.
Bishop Elkin Fernando Álvarez Botero was born in El Retiro, diocese of Sonsón – Rionegro, on November 21, 1968. He completed his ecclesiastical studies in philosophy in the Nuestra Señora in Marinilla major diocesan seminary, and his theological studies in the National Seminary of Christ the Priest in La Ceja. He obtained his licentiate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and he attended specialization studies in social doctrine and social ministry of the Church at the Universidad Católica de Oriente in Rionegro.
He received priestly ordination on July 1, 1993, for the diocese of Sonsón – Rionegro.
He has held the following offices: vicar of the Cathedral of Sonsón, formator, professor, bursar and rector of the Christ the Priest National Seminary in La Ceja, local collaborator of the apostolic nunciature in Colombia in Bogotá, and director of the Department for the Hierarchical Ministries of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia in Bogotá.
On May 28, 2012, he was appointed titular bishop of Gemellae in Numidia and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Medellín, Colombia. He received episcopal consecration the following August 4. He has been secretary-general of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia since July 7, 2016.