Augusto da Silva

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Augusto da Silva
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See São Salvador da Bahia

Augusto Álvaro da Silva (April 8, 1876 – August 14, 1968) was a Brazilian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia from 1924 until his death in 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.


Born in Recife, Augusto da Silva studied at the seminary in Olinda before being ordained to the priesthood on March 5, 1899. He then did pastoral work in Olinda, and also served as Master of Ceremonies to the cathedral. Silva was raised to the rank of Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on September 30, 1908.

On May 12, 1911, Silva was appointed the first Bishop of Floresta by Pope Pius X. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 22 from Archbishop Luís da Silva Brito, with Bishops Francisco de Paula Silva, CM, and Joaquim d'Almeida serving as co-consecrators. Silva was later named Bishop of Barra do Rio Grande on June 25, 1915, and Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia on December 17, 1924. In virtue of his position as Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia, he was also Primate of the Church in Brazil.

Pope Pius XII created Silva Cardinal Priest of S. Angelo in Pescheria in the consistory of January 12, 1953. He attended the first General Conference of the Latin American Episcopal Conference in 1955, and the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Silva was one of the cardinal electors in the 1958 papal conclave that selected Pope John XXIII, and again participated in the conclave of 1963, which resulted in the election of Pope Paul VI.

The Cardinal died in São Salvador da Bahia, at age 92. He is buried in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Floresta
Succeeded by
José de Oliveira Lopes
Preceded by
Bishop of Barra do Rio Grande
Succeeded by
Adalberto Accioli Sobral
Preceded by
Jerónimo Thomé da Silva
Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia
Succeeded by
Eugênio de Araújo Sales