Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

Archbishop Emeritus of Maputo
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Maputo
See Maputo
Appointed 18 September 1976[1]
Retired 22 February 2003
Predecessor Custódio Alvim Pereira
Successor Francisco Chimoio
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali (1988-)
Ordination 25 June 1953

by Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira
Consecration 9 March 1975

by Agnelo Rossi
Created cardinal 28 June 1988

by Pope John Paul II
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Alexandre José Maria dos Santos
Born (1924-03-18) 18 March 1924 (age 96)

Zavala, Mozambique
Previous post Archbishop of Laurençco Marques (1974-76)[2]
Motto Servir e não ser servido ("To serve, not to be served")
Coat of arms Alexandre José Maria dos Santos's coat of arms

Alexandre José Maria dos Santos (born 18 March 1924) is a Roman Catholic Mozambican cardinal. He was the first native cardinal of Mozambique.

Ecclesiastical career [ edit ]

He was born in Zavala, Mozambique. He studied in Nyasaland and Lisbon before being ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1953, becoming the first black Mozambican to receive the distinction.[3] In 1973 he became the first African to run a seminary in Mozambique.[4] He was archbishop of Maputo, between 1975 and 2003. On 26 June 1988 he was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, and given the titular church of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali.[5] He was instrumental in the peace process surrounding the end of the Mozambican Civil War.[3]. He did not participate in the conclaves of 2005 and 2013, because he was over the age limit by then.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ As the Archbishop of Maputo after it was renamed.
  2. ^ The Archdiocese became the Maputo archdiocese but it held as a different position.
  3. ^ a b Darch, Colin (2018). Historical Dictionary of Mozambique. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 352. ISBN 978-1-5381-1135-2. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ Morier-Genoud, Éric (2019). Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986. Boydell & Brewer. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-58046-941-8. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  5. ^ Cardinal Title S. Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali

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