Serafim Fernandes de Araújo

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Serafim Fernandes de Araujo
Archbishop Emeritus of Belo Horizonte
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseBelo Horizonte
SeeBelo Horizonte
Appointed5 February 1986
PredecessorJoão Resende Costa
SuccessorWalmor Oliveira de Azevedo
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Luigi Maria Grignion de Montfort (1998-)
Ordination12 March 1949
by Luigi Traglia
Consecration7 May 1959
by José Newton de Almeida Baptista
Created cardinal21 February 1998
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameSerafim Fernandes de Araujo
Born (1924-08-13) 13 August 1924 (age 94)
Minas Novas, Brazil
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Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
MottoSeraphim juxta eum
Coat of armsSerafim Fernandes de Araujo's coat of arms
Styles of
Serafim Fernandes de Araújo
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeBelo Horizonte

Serafim Fernandes de Araújo[pronunciation?] (born August 13, 1924 in Minas Novas, Brazil) is the archbishop emeritus of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


He was educated at the Seminary of Diamantina where he earned a licentiate in philosophy. He continued his studies from 1949 until 1951 at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned doctorates in theology and canon law.


He was ordained on 12 March 1949 in Rome by Luigi Traglia, titular archbishop of Cesarea di Palestina and Vicar General of Rome. He worked in Pastoral ministry in Gouveia from 1951 until 1957; in Curvelo until 1959. He was concurrently between 1951 and 1959, chaplain of the Third Battalion of Police, Diamantina; faculty member of the Provincial Seminary of Diamantina; archdiocesan director of catechesis; faculty member of the Teacher's School of Diamantina and several schools in Gouveia.


He was appointed titular bishop of Verinopoli and appointed auxiliary bishop of Belo Horizonte by Pope John XXIII on 19 January 1959. He served as rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais) from 1960 until 1981. He participated in the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965. He was promoted to coadjutor archbishop Belo Horizonte on 22 November 1982. He succeeded to the metropolitan see of Belo Horizonte on 5 February 1986.


He was created Cardinal-Priest of St. Louis de Montfort in the consistory of February 21, 1998. He resigned the pastoral government of his archdiocese on 28 January 2004. He lost the right to participate in a conclave when he turned 80 later in 2004.

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External links[edit]

  • "Araújo Card. Serafim Fernandes de". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  • Serafim Fernandes de Araújo