José Bezerra Coutinho

José Bezerra Coutinho (February 7, 1910 – November 7, 2008) was a Brazilian bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. When he died at the age of 98, he was the sixth-oldest bishop in the Catholic Church and oldest Brazilian bishop.

José Bezerra Coutinho
Bishop of Estância (Emeritus)
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
In office1961–1985
SuccessorHildebrando Mendes Costa
OrdinationDecember 3, 1933
Personal details
Born(1910-02-07)February 7, 1910
Capistrano, Brazil
DiedNovember 7, 2008(2008-11-07) (aged 98)
Fortaleza, Ceará
Previous postBishop of Sobral


Coutinho was born in Capistrano, in the state of Ceará, in 1910. He was ordained a priest on December 3, 1933, then appointed auxiliary bishop of Sobral, Ceará, on August 4, 1956. Coutinho was appointed bishop of Estância, Sergipe, on January 28, 1961, retiring as bishop of Estância on June 1, 1985.

He was Titular Bishop of Uthina from October 28, 1956 to January 28, 1961.

He died in Fortaleza, Ceará, of cardiac arrest on November 7, 2008.[1]

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  1. ^ Dom Dimas Lara Barbosa (November 8, 2008). "Note the death of Don José Bezerra Coutinho". CNBB (in Portuguese). Brasília: Canção Nova Notícias. Retrieved 11 October 2012.

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