Ivan Dias studied in Bombay and Rome compartments Catholic theology and philosophy, earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Lateran University in canon law and was ordained a priest in 1958. From 1958 to 1961 he worked as a parish pastor in Bombay, before further studies took him from 1961 back to Rome. In 1964 he was in the Vatican Secretariat of State in the preparation of the participation of Pope Paul VI. involved in Bombay at the International Eucharistic Congress.
In the years 1965-1973 Ivan Dias worked as a secretary of various Apostolic Nunciature in the world. From 1973 to 1982 he was responsible for management of the department for the Soviet Union, Poland, China, Vietnam, Laos, and several countries in southern Africa in the Vatican Secretariat of State. Pope John Paul II granted him on 10 April 1981 the title of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness and appointed him on 8 May 1982 Titular Archbishop of Rusibisir as well as Pro-Nuncio to the countries of Ghana, Togo and Benin. From 1987 to 1991 he served as Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, from 1991 to 1996 in Albania.
On 8 November 1996 John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Bombay and took him on 21 February 2001 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella in the College of Cardinals to.
Dias took part in the Conclave 2005, in which Benedict XVI. was chosen. This Dias appointed on 20 May 2006 to the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. On 10 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI. by Cardinal Dias put forward reasons of age resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples to. Was appointed as his successor in office, Archbishop Fernando Filoni.
Dias also participated in the conclave of 2013, where the first South American Pope, Francis, was elected.
Membership in the Roman Curia
Ivan Cardinal Dias is a member of the following congregations and councils of the Roman Curia:
- Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith
- Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
- Congregation for Catholic Education
- Congregation for the Oriental Churches
- Pontifical Council for Culture
- Pontifical Council for the Laity
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
- Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
- Pontifical Council for Social Communications
- Pontifical Commission for Latin America