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MOYA DE CONTRERAS, Pedro (rod'-yah), Mexican archbishop, born in Cordova, Spain, about 1520; died in Madrid in December, 1591. He studied in the University of Salamanca, where he was graduated as doctor of theology and appointed canon of the cathedral of the Canary islands. Afterward he was for some time inquisitor of Murcia, and in 1570 he was sent as first inquisitor to Mexico, where he established his tribunal in 1571. He was nominated archbishop on 15 June, 1573, and installed, 8 December, 1574. In 1583 he was appointed visitor of New Spain, and after the death of the viceroy, the Count of Coruna, he was in charge of the executive from 25 September, 1584, until 17 October, 1585, when he delivered the government to the new viceroy, the Marquis of Villa-manrique. During this time he convened and presided over the third council of the bishops of Mexico. In 1590 he was appointed president of the council of the Indies, and returned to Madrid, taking possession of his office, 8 January, 1591, but died :shortly afterward. He wrote "Annotationes ad libros Doctoris Francisci Hernandez, de Christiana methodo que loca explicant paulo difficiliora," which were printed in the fifth volume of the work of that naturalist (Madrid, 1790).
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