Manuel Clemente

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His Eminence
Manuel III
Cardinal, Patriarch of Lisbon
D Manuel Clemente by Henrique Matos.jpg
Province Lisbon
Metropolis Patriarchate of Lisbon
Diocese Lisbon
See Lisbon
Appointed 18 May 2013
Installed 6 July 2013
Predecessor José IV
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Antonio in Campo Marzio
Ordination 29 June 1979
by António Ribeiro
Consecration 22 January 2000
by José Policarpo
Created Cardinal 14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Rank Patriarch & Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente
Born (1948-07-16) 16 July 1948 (age 67)
Torres Vedras, Portugal
Nationality Portuguese
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon (1999–2007)
Roman Catholic Bishop of Porto (2007–2013)
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Motto "In Lumine Tuo (In Your Light)"
Coat of arms {{{coat_of_arms_alt}}}

Dom Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente (born 16 July 1948), officially referred to as Manuel III, Cardinal-Patriarch of Lisbon is currently the Patriarch of Lisbon. He was appointed by Pope Francis in 18 May 2013, replacing José Policarpo, who resigned when he reached 75 as canon law requires him to offer to do.[1][2] He was installed on 6 July 2013 at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major.

Biography and education[edit]

Manuel was born on 16 July 1948 at Torres Vedras, Portugal. He joined the Major Seminary of Christ the King Of The Groves in 1973 and graduated at the University of Lisbon a year later with the Degree in History. He also received a Degree of Theology in 1979 at the Catholic University of Portugal where he taught Church History from 1975. He also receive a Doctorate in Historical Theology with his thesis named In the apostolic origins of contemporary Portugal. The "Catholic Society»" (1843-1853)


Manuel was ordained a priest on 29 June 1979 by Patriarch of Lisbon, António Ribeiro at the age of 31. From then on, he attained several positions. He became the director of Center for the Study of Religious History from 2000-2007. he became the member of the Scientific Society of the Catholic University since 1993 and became Associate Academic Correspondent of the Portuguese Academy of History from 1996. Manuel also became the head of the Foundation for Science and Technology's projects: Church and social movements: Catholic organizations in Portugal in the twentieth century (1993-1995) and The Catholic movement and the presence Church in Portuguese society (1996-1998).

When Manuel was ordained, he was assigned as parochial vicar of Runa in Torres Vedras. In 1989 he was appointed canon of the Lisbon Cathedral and the vice-rector of the Major Seminary of Christ the King Of The Groves until 1997, when he was appointed as president. He was the Coordinator of the Patriarchate in 1996 and coordinator of the Preparatory Commission of the Presbytery Assembly for Jubilee 2000. He is the author of a vast work of historiography, especially titles like Portugal and the Portuguese and a single purpose published in 2009 and Portuguese Church and Society, the Republic of Liberalism.


Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon[edit]

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Lisbon, with the title of Titular Bishop of Pinhel 6 November 1999 by Saint John Paul II. The episcopal consecration took place on 22 January 2000 in the Church of the Jeronimos Monastery with Patriarch D. José Policarpo as principal consecrator along with bishops D. Manuel Franco da Costa de Oliveira Falcão and D. Albino Mamede Cleto. At his consecration he chose his current episcopal motto: In Lumine tuo (In Your Light) .

He was named Promoter of Pastoral Culture in the Portuguese Episcopal Conference in 2002 and he was also the president of the Episcopal Commission of Culture, Cultural and Communications between 2005 and 2011 . It is thus a recognized figure in the Portuguese culture and contributes to the Cultural Ministry in Portugal. Accordingly Manuel is an excellent communicator and is highly respected by the intellectual circles inside and outside the Church. For many years, he has worked regularly and collaborated with various media outlets.

Bishop of Porto[edit]

Manuel was appointed bishop of Porto in 22 February 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding D. Armindo Lopes Coelho.He was solemnly installed in 25 March. In 2008 was the first Portuguese bishop to convey the message of Christmas through YouTube. In 2011 he was elected vice-president of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications[3]

Patriarch of Lisbon[edit]

Styles of
Manuel III, Cardinal-Patriarch of Lisbon
Coat of arms of Manuel Clemente.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Manuel was officially appointed Patriarch of Lisbon in 18 May 2013 after the resignation of José Policarpo was accepted by Pope Francis.[4] He was solemnly enthroned on 6 July 2013 at the Lisbon Cathedral and made his solemn entry to the Jerónimos Monastery in the following day, 7 July, as part of his enthronement. In a farewell statement to the diocese of Porto, Manuel makes sure that "the heart has no distance, only depth plus".[5] Manuel was predicted to be the most likely successor to Policarpo. Because Lisbon is home to a Patriarchate Metropolitan, i.e., the Patriarch is also Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lisbon, Manuel received the pallium in a ceremony at the St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City on 29 June.[6]

Pope Clement XII, by the Bull Inter Praecipuas Apostolici Ministerii dated 17 February 1737, established in perpetuity that the person appointed Patriarch of Lisbon was elevated to the dignity of cardinal in the consistory next following their election. However, Patriarch Manuel was not created a Cardinal in the one consistory since taking the Patriarchal See. He was created cardinal on February 14, 2015.

In a message left on the website of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic, Cavaco Silva congratulates Manuel "by this proof of distinction and appreciation of His Holiness Pope Francis. " The choice of the bishop of Porto to the Patriarchate of Lisbon is for the President "recognition of the route server of church and academic illustrious man of culture and exemplary citizen." "Portuguese society, which he knows so well, recalls his lucid interventions, moderate, and the deep sense of their social and humanistic action attributes as relevant at the time of great need facing the country," adds the message Cavaco Silva . But the Foreign Ministry, in a statement, says he welcomes the appointment with "the warm enthusiasm that deserves the personality of the current Bishop of Porto." "D. Manuel Clemente is recognized as a man of faith, culture and social sensitivity. Deep knowledge of the history of the Portuguese Church is both an inspired interpreter of the present time, "reads the note of Paul's ministry doors, where thanks and also recognizes the" permanent availability" of the outgoing José Policarpo.


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[7] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio.[8]

In April 2015 Cardinal Macário do Nascimento Clemente was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Clergy and of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He will hold these positions until his 80th birthday.


Papers published[edit]


  • Note: All external links are Portuguese
  1. ^ Bollettino de Sala Stampa della Santa Sede retrieved 15 June 2013
  2. ^ Agência Ecclesia: Tomada de Posse do novo Patriarca retrieved 15 June 2013
  3. ^ Agencia Ecclesia retrieved 24 May 2013
  4. ^ Bollettino de Sala Stampa della Santa Sede retrieved 15 June 2013
  5. ^ Mensagem aos diocesanos do Porto retrieved 15 June 2013
  6. ^ Código de Direito Canónico, Cân. 437 §1, 4ªedição revista, 1983
  7. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Passoa Prize 2009 retrieved 15 June 2013
  10. ^ Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas retrieved 15 June 2013
  11. ^ Câmara Municipal do Marco de Canavezes retrieved 15 June 2013
  12. ^ Câmara Municipal de Valongo retrieved 15 June 2013
  13. ^ Agência Ecclesia retrieved 15 June 2013
  14. ^ Agência Ecclesia retrieved 15 June 2013
  15. ^ Junta de Freguesia de Melres retrieved 15 June 2013
  16. ^ Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Gaia retrieved 15 June 2013
  17. ^ Universidade Lusófona agracia D. Manuel Clemente com doutoramento "honoris causa" retrieved 15 June 2013
  18. ^ Ordem de Malta em Portugal retrieved 15 June 2013
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Armindo Lopes Coelho
Roman Catholic Bishop of Porto
22 February 2007 – 18 May 2013
Succeeded by
António Francisco dos Santos
Preceded by
José Policarpo
Patriarch of Lisbon
18 May 2013–present
Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio