Lucas Moreira Neves

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Lucas Moreira Neves
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Sabina-Poggio Mirteto (suburbicarian see)

Lucas Moreira Neves O.P. (16 September 1925 – 8 September 2002) was a Brazilian Cardinal Bishop and Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Neves was born in São João del Rei, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. He was ordained a priest on 9 July 1950. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo by Pope Paul VI on 9 June 1967 with the titular see of Feradi Maius.

On 15 October 1979 he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops within the Roman Curia by Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Moreira Neves left the Curia to take up the position of Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia on 9 July 1987.

He was created Cardinal-Priest with the titular of Ss. Bonifacio ed Alessio on 28 June 1988.

Cardinal Moreira Neves once again left Brazil for Rome to take up the position as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops to which he was appointed on 25 June 1998, when he was also elevated to the rank of Cardinal Bishop of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto. He resigned his position as Prefect on 16 September 2000 as a result of his failing health.


Preceded by
Bernardin Gantin
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
25 June 1998 – 16 September 2000
Succeeded by
Giovanni Battista Re