António Mendes Belo

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António Mendes Belo in 1910
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António Mendes Belo
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António Mendes Belo (18 June 1842 – 5 August 1929) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Patriarch of Lisbon.

António Mendes Belo was born at São Pedro, Gouveia, (District of Guarda), Portugal, son of Miguel Mendes Belo and wife Rosalina dos Santos de Almeida da Mota. He was educated at the Seminary of Coimbra, and later at the University of Coimbra where he earned a licentiate in canon law. He received minor orders on 21 December 1860, the subdiaconate on 21 May 1864 and the diaconate on 17 December 1864.


He was ordained on 10 June 1865. From 1865 to 1884 he was vicar general of Funchal and from 1865 to 1871, professor of theology at the Seminary of Pinhel (diocese suppressed on 30 September 1881 by being incorporated in Guarda). He did pastoral work in the parish of Espinheiro. He was vicar general of the diocese of Pinhel from 1874 until 1881 and of the diocese of Aveiro in 1881. He was also vicar general of Lisbon from 1881 until 1884.


He was appointed titular archbishop of Mitylene and Auxiliary bishop of Lisbon on 24 March 1884 by Pope Leo XIII. He was consecrated on 27 April of that year. He was transferred to the see of Faro with title of Archbishop ad personam on 13 November 1884. He was promoted to the patriarchate of Lisbon on 19 December 1907 by Pope Pius X.


He was made Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Marcellino e Pietro, but only in pectore, on 27 November 1911. He was expelled from Lisbon for two years (1911–1913) for an infraction of the law of the separation of Church and State during which time he resided in Gouveia. His elevation to the cardinalate was published on 25 May 1914. He received the red hat and the title on 8 September 1914. He participated in the conclave of 1914 that elected Pope Benedict XV. He was a member of Portuguese Academy of Sciences in 1922. He participated in the conclave of 1922 that elected Pope Pius XI. He was made the 568th Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Our Lady of Concepcion of Vila Viçosa. He died in Lisbon in 1929.

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Preceded by
José Sebastião de Almeida Neto
Patriarch of Lisbon
19 December 1907 – 5 August 1929
Succeeded by
Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira