Augusto da Silva

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Augusto Álvaro da Silva
Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseSão Salvador da Bahia
SeeSão Salvador da Bahia
Appointed18 December 1924
Installed20 May 1925
Term ended14 August 1968
PredecessorJerônimo Tomé da Silva
SuccessorEugênio de Araújo Sales
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest pro hac vice of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (1953–1968)
Ordination5 March 1899
Consecration22 October 1911
by Luís Raimundo da Silva Brito
Created cardinal12 January 1953
by Pope Pius XII
Personal details
Augusto Álvaro da Silva

(1876-04-08)8 April 1876
Died14 August 1968(1968-08-14) (aged 92)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Previous post(s)
MottoPer crucem ad lucem
Coat of armsAugusto Álvaro da Silva's coat of arms
Styles of
Augusto da Silva
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeSão 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.[1]


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.

Demolition of the Old Cathedral of Salvador[edit]

As Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia Augusto da Silva allowed the demolition of three colonial buildings in the Historic Center of Salvador. The 16th-century Old Cathedral of Salvador was demolished on August 7, 1933 to make room tram routes into the upper city and trolley storage. The lines were soon abandoned. The former Jesuit church of Salvador became the new Cathedral of Salvador in the same year.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Augusto Álvaro Cardinal da Silva". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  2. ^ Assunção, Gabriela Lira; Dantas, George Alexandre Ferreira; Assunção, Gabriela Lira; Dantas, George Alexandre Ferreira (2018). "Demolições, debates e tentativas de preservação: aproximações a partir dos casos de Salvador e Recife (1910-1930)". Urbe. Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana. 10 (2): 387–399. doi:10.1590/2175-3369.010.002.ao05. ISSN 2175-3369.
  3. ^ Dórea, Luiz Eduardo (2006). Histórias de Salvador nos nomes das suas ruas. Salvador, BA: EDUFBA. p. 134. ISBN 9788523208738.
  4. ^ Vilaron, André (2007). Igrejas históricas de Salvador = Historical churches in Salvador. Brasília, Brazil: Ministério das Relações Exteriores, Governo Federal. ISBN 9788560123001.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Floresta
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bishop of Barra do Rio Grande
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Oldest living Member of the Sacred College
31 July – 14 August 1968
Succeeded by