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Manuel Clemente

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Manuel III

Metropolitan Patriarch Emeritus of Lisbon
ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed18 May 2013
Installed6 July 2013
Term ended10 August 2023
PredecessorJosé IV
SuccessorRui I
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Antonio in Campo Marzio (2015–)
Ordination29 June 1979
by António Ribeiro
Consecration22 January 2000
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
RankMetropolitan Patriarch
Personal details
Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente

(1948-07-16) 16 July 1948 (age 75)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
MottoIn Lumine Tuo (In Thy Light)
Coat of armsManuel III's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Manuel Clemente
Priestly ordination
Date29 June 1979
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJose da Cruz Policarpo
Co-consecratorsManuel Franco da Costa de Oliveira Falcao
Albino Mamede Cleto
Date20 January 2000
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Manuel Clemente as principal consecrator
José Augusto Traquina Maria1 June 2014
José João dos Santos Marcos23 November 2014
José Ornelas Carvalho, SCI25 October 2015
Daniel Batalha Henriques25 November 2018
Rui Manuel Sousa Valério, SMM25 November 2018
Américo Manuel Alves Aguiar31 March 2019
Styles of
Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, GCC (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐnuˈɛl ʒuˈzɛ mɐˈkaɾju ðu nɐʃsiˈmẽtu klɨˈmẽtɨ]; born 16 July 1948), officially Manuel III, is a Portuguese prelate of the Catholic Church. He was the Metropolitan Patriarch of Lisbon from 2013 to 2023 and a cardinal since 14 February 2015. He has been a bishop since 1999 and was Bishop of Porto from 2007 to 2013.

Biography and education[edit]

Manuel was born on 16 July 1948 at Torres Vedras, Portugal, to Francisco de Nascimento Clemente and Maria Sofia Correia Lopes Macário.[1] He entered the Major Seminary of Christ the King of the Groves in 1973 and graduated from the University of Lisbon a year later with a degree in history. He also received a degree in theology in 1979 at the Catholic University of Portugal where he taught Church History beginning in 1975. He also received a Doctorate in Historical Theology with his thesis titled "On the origins of contemporary apostolate in Portugal: The "Catholic Society" (1843–1853)".[2]


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 on 6 November 1999 by Pope John Paul II. His episcopal consecration took place on 22 January 2000 in the Church of the Jeronimos Monastery with Patriarch José Policarpo as principal consecrator with Bishops Manuel Franco da Costa de Oliveira Falcão and Albino Mamede Cleto as co-consecrators. 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 from 2005 to 2011. He is a recognized figure in Portuguese culture and contributes to the Cultural Ministry in Portugal. 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 on 22 February 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding Armindo Lopes Coelho. He was installed on 25 March. In 2008 he was the first Portuguese bishop to convey the Christmas Address 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]

Metropolitan Patriarch of Lisbon[edit]

Manuel was appointed Metropolitan Patriarch of Lisbon on 18 May 2013 when Pope Francis accepted the resignation of José Policarpo.[4][5] He was enthroned on 6 July 2013 at the Lisbon Cathedral and made his solemn entry to the Jerónimos Monastery the following day. In a farewell statement to the diocese of Porto, Manuel makes sure that "the heart has no distance, only depth plus".[6] Manuel received the pallium in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica on 29 June.

The Portuguese Episcopal Conference elected him president in 2013 and re-elected him to a three-year term in 2014.[7]


Pope Clement XII, by the Bull Inter praecipuas apostolici ministerii dated 17 February 1737, established that the person appointed Patriarch of Lisbon would be made a cardinal in the following consistory. Pope Francis disregarded this and did not make Manuel a cardinal in 2014[8] but on 14 February 2015 in the second consistory following his appointment as patriarch.[9]

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[9] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio.[10]

On 13 April 2015 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.[11]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as patriarch on 10 August 2023.[12]


  • Clemente, Manuel (2012). Portuguese Society Church of Liberalism and the Republic. Lisbon: Assyrian & Alvim. ISBN 978-972-37-1610-8.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2011). It's This Time: Experience Mission. Lisbon: Cornerstone. ISBN 978-989-97-1194-5.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2010). Dialogue Time Debris - A Conversation about Portugal, the World and the Catholic Church. Lisbon: Moonstone. ISBN 978-989-81-4230-6.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2008). 1810 - 1910 - 2010; dates and Challenges. Lisbon: Assyrian & Alvim. ISBN 978-972-37-1407-4.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2009). A Purpose Only. Homilies and Pastoral Writings. Cornerstone. ISBN 978-989-96145-0-5.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2008). Portugal and the Portuguese. Lisbon: Assyrian & Alvim. ISBN 978-972-37-1322-0. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2007). Popes century. XX. Lisbon: Paulus. ISBN 978-972-30-1061-9.
  • Clemente, Manuel (2010). A church on time : Brief history of the Catholic Church. Lisbon: Griffin. ISBN 978-972-81-7836-9.






  • 2009 Pessoa Prize for being "an ethical reference for Portuguese society as a whole"[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Silva, Emanuel (16 February 2015). "Quem é o 44.º cardeal português, o escuteiro que chegou a cardeal e que, em 2008, transmitiu a mensagem de Natal através do Youtube?". Funchal Noticias (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Laureado Prémio Pessoa 2009 - Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente". Expresso (Interview) (in Portuguese). 11 January 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Vaticano: D. Manuel Clemente nomeado membro do Conselho Pontifício das Comunicações Sociais" (Press release) (in Portuguese). Agencia Ecclesia. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Rinence e Nomine, 18.05.2013". Holy See Press Office. 7 June 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ "D. José Policarpo despede-se a 29 de junho" (Press release) (in Portuguese). Agência Ecclesia. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Mensagem aos diocesanos do Porto". Diocese of Porto (in Portuguese). 18 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ Glatz, Carol (12 February 2015). "Portugal's new cardinal known as humble, strong communicator". National Catholic Reportet. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  8. ^ Reese, Thomas (12 January 2014). "Cardinals: continuity and change". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b McElwee, Joshua J. (4 January 2015). "Francis diversifies cardinals, choosing prelates from Asia, island nations". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Assegnazione dei Titoli e delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali" [Assignment of Titles and Deaconries to the new Cardinals] (in Italian). Ufficio delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche del Sommo Pontefice. 14 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  11. ^ "New Cardinals Named to Curial Posts". Zenit. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 10.08.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 10 August 2023. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  13. ^ Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas retrieved 15 June 2013
  14. ^ Câmara Municipal do Marco de Canavezes retrieved 15 June 2013
  15. ^ Câmara Municipal de Valongo Archived 4 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 15 June 2013
  16. ^ Agência Ecclesia Archived 4 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 15 June 2013
  17. ^ "Porto: D. Manuel Clemente recebe Medalha de Honra da cidade de Gondomar" (in Portuguese). Agência Ecclesia. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  18. ^ Junta de Freguesia de Melres Archived 4 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 15 June 2013
  19. ^ Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Gaia Archived 13 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 15 June 2013
  20. ^ Universidade Lusófona agracia D. Manuel Clemente com doutoramento "honoris causa" Archived 29 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 15 June 2013
  21. ^ Ordem de Malta em Portugal retrieved 15 June 2013

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Titular Bishop of Pinhel
6 November 1999 – 22 July 2007
Succeeded by
Guillermo Martín Abanto Guzmán
Preceded by Bishop of Porto
22 February 2007 – 18 May 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Patriarch of Lisbon
2013 – 2023
Succeeded by
President of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference
2013 – 2020
Succeeded by
Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio
2015 –