Isidore de Souza
Isidore de Souza (4 April 1934 – 13 March 1999) was a Beninese priest who was Archbishop of Cotonou from 1990 to 1999.
He was born into the aristocratic De Souza family of Ouidah on 4 April 1934. He went on to study in Abidjan and Rome. He was ordained a priest on 8 July 1962. De Souza was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Cotonou on 17 July 1981 and became Archbishop on 27 December 1990. He led the National Conference in February 1990, which was convened to address economic issues but returned Benin to democracy. He was instrumental in preventing the army from disbanding it. De Souza served as the chairman of the High Council of the Republic from March 1990 to April 1991, setting up the presidential election and a new constitution. He persuaded President Mathieu Kerekou to accept the decisions of the council and return Benin to civilian rule. De Souza was the chairman of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Francophone West Africa from 1997 to his death. He died on 13 March 1999 in Ouidah.
- Houngnikpo & Decalo 2013, p. 139
- Isidore de Souza Catholic Hierarchy
- Houngnikpo & Decalo 2013, p. 109
- Nouveau visage et nouveau nom pour le site de l'Eglise catholique en France (in French)
- Houngnikpo, Mathurin; Decalo, Samuel (2013). Historical Dictionary of Benin. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0810871718.
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