Raymundo Damasceno Assis

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His Eminence
Raymundo Damasceno Assis
Cardinal, Archbishop of Aparecida
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Archdiocese Aparecida
See Aparecida
Appointed 28 January 2004
Installed 25 March 2004
Predecessor Aloísio Lorscheider
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Immacolata al Tiburtino
Ordination 19 March 1968
by Jose Newton de Almeida Baptista
Consecration 15 September 1986
by José Freire Falcão
Created Cardinal 20 November 2010
by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Raymundo Damasceno Assis
Born (1937-02-15) 15 February 1937 (age 78)
Capela Nova, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Brasília (1986–2004)
  • Titular Bishop of Nova Petra (1986–2004)
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Raymundo Damasceno Assis (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁajˈmũdu damaˈsenu aˈsis]; born 15 February 1937) is a Brazilian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was auxiliary bishop of Brasília. He is current archbishop of Aparecida.[1]


Early life and ordination[edit]

Damasceno Assis was born 15 February 1937 in Capela Nova. In 1948, he entered the Juvenato São José of the Marist Brothers, in the city of Mendes where he completed his basic elementary education; then he discerned that his vocation was for the priesthood and returned home to Conselheiro Lafaiete, archdiocese of Mariana, where the family had moved. In 1955, he entered the Minor Seminary of the archdiocese of Mariana, where he did his secondary studies; and then the Major Seminary, where he studied philosophy. In 1960, Archbishop Oscar de Oliveira, of Mariana, sent him to the newly established archdiocese of Brasília, as a help to that new local church, inaugurated on 21 April of that same year. In 1961, Brasília's archbishop, sent him to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he obtained a licentiate; he resided at Colegio Pio Brasileiro during those years, the Second Vatican Council was occurring. In 1965, he was sent to Germany, where he concluded his formation at the Superior Institute of Catechesis in Münich. He returned to Brazil in 1968. He did post graduate studies in the philosophy of science at the University of Brasília and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.

He was ordained a priest on 19 March 1968, in Conselheiro Lafaiete, by José Newton de Almeida Baptista, archbishop of Brasília. In the archdiocese of Brasília, he served as coordinator of catechesis; pastor of the parish of Santíssimo Sacramento. He also served as chancellor and was co-founder and professor of the Major Seminary Nossa Senhora de Fatima and at the sane tine professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Brasília.


Was appointed Titular Bishop of Nova Petra and auxiliary bishop of Brasília on 18 June 1986. Promoted metropolitan archbishop of Aparecida 28 January 2004. In 2007 elected president of the Episcopal Council of Latin America (CELAM), his presidency ended in 2011.

Styles of
Raymundo Damasceno Assis
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal


Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of Immacolata al Tiburtino in the consistory of 20 November 2010.

In 2011 was elected president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Confêrencia Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil) for a quadrennium.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

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