Orani João Tempesta

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His Eminence
Orani João Tempesta
O.Cist.
Cardinal, Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro
Appointed 27 February 2009
Installed 19 April 2009
Predecessor Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.J.
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Madre della Providenza a Monte Verde (2014–present)
Archbishop of Belém do Pará (2004–2009)
Apostolic Administrator of the Territorial Abbey of Claraval (1999–2002)
Bishop of Rio Preto (1997–2004)
Abbot of the Monastery of São Bernardo (1996–1997)
Orders
Ordination 7 December 1974
by Tomás Vaquero
Consecration 25 April 1997
by José de Aquino Pereira
Created Cardinal 22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Born (1950-06-23) 23 June 1950 (age 67)
São José do Rio Pardo, São Paulo, Brazil
Denomination Roman Catholicism (Roman Rite)
Motto "Ut omnes unum sint
(That all might be one)
Coat of arms
Styles of
Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist.
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Orani João Tempesta, O.Cist., (Portuguese pronunciation: [oɾɐˈɲi] (SP) or [ɔɾɐ̃ˈɲi] (RJ) [ˈʒwɐ̃w tẽˈpɛʃtɐ] born on 23 June 1950) is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was appointed to that office by Pope Benedict XVI on 27 February 2009,[1] and took possession of the see on 19 April 2009. He became a Cardinal in 2014.

Biography[edit]

Tempesta was born in São José do Rio Pardo in the State of São Paulo.

Education[edit]

After completing his elementary and lower secondary-school studies in São José do Rio Pardo, Tempesta entered the Cistercian Monastery of São Bernardo in the same city in 1967. He studied philosophy at the Monastery of São Bento (St. Benedict) in São Paulo, and theology at the Salesian Theological Institute of Pope Pius IX in São Paulo.

Ordination[edit]

Tempesta made his religious profession as a monk on 2 February 1969 and was ordained a priest on 7 December 1974. He was appointed prior of the monastery in 1984, while also acting as Parish Priest of the. Parish of São Roque, as Diocesan Coordinator of Communications and Pastoral Care, and as professor at the Coração de Maria institute in São João da Boa Vista. In September 1996, when the Monastery of São Bernardo was raised to the status of an abbey, he was elected the first abbot.

Consecration[edit]

On 26 February 1997 Tempesta was appointed Bishop of São José do Rio Preto and received episcopal consecration on 25 April of that year. In addition he was Apostolic Administrator of the territorial abbacy of Claraval from 1999 until it was united with the Diocese of Guaxupé on 11 December 2002.

On 13 October 2004 Tempesta was appointed the Archbishop of Belém do Pará, and in 2007 was a delegate to the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin American and the Caribbean.

Then on 27 February 2009 Tempesta was named Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. He took possession of the see on 19 April 2009. Tempesta received the pallium from Pope Benedict on 29 June 2009.

Cardinal[edit]

Pope Francis announced in January 2014 that he would be elevated to the cardinalate at the consistory of 22 February 2014.[2] He was appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Madre della Providenza a Monte Verde.

In September 2014 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for Catholic Education, and Pontifical Council for Laity.

In 2016 Cardinal Tempesta had to shelter behind his car during a gun battle between police and armed bandits. He was on his way to the airport when shooting forced his car to stop. "When [the firing] subsided a bit, we reversed and took another street," Cardinal Tempesta told blog Sim, sou Católico [3]. "I could see there with me, so many good people with the desire to live in peace in a more peaceful and fraternal world. Many were going to work, and suddenly needed to guard against any possible stray bullet," Cardinal Tempesta said later.[4]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vicente Joaquim Zico
Archbishop of Belém do Pará
13 October 2004–19 April 2009
Succeeded by
Alberto Taveira Corrêa
Preceded by
Eusébio Scheid
Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro
27 February 2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Luis Aponte Martinez
Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria Madre Della Providenza a Monte Verde
22 February 2014–present