Raymundo Damasceno Assis

Raymundo Damasceno Assis (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁajˈmũdu damaˈsenu aˈsis]; born 15 February 1937) is a Brazilian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Auxiliary Bishop of Brasília from 1986 to 2004 and Archbishop of Aparecida from 2004 to 2016.

Raymundo Damasceno Assis
Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Aparecida
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Appointed28 July 2004
Installed25 August 2004
Term ended16 November 2016
PredecessorAloísio Lorscheider
SuccessorOrlando Brandes
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Immacolata al Tiburtino
Ordination19 March 1968
by Jose Newton de Almeida Baptista
Consecration15 September 1986
by José Freire Falcão
Created cardinal20 November 2010
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Raymundo Damasceno Assis

(1937-02-15) 15 February 1937 (age 85)
Capela Nova, Brazil
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Brasília (1986–2004)
  • Titular Bishop of Nova Petra (1986–2004)
Coat of armsRaymundo Damasceno Assis's coat of arms


Early life and ordinationEdit

Damasceno Assis was born 15 February 1937 in Capela Nova. In 1948, he entered the Juvenato São José of the Marist Brothers, in the city of Mendes where he completed his basic elementary education; then he discerned that his vocation was for the priesthood and returned home to Conselheiro Lafaiete, archdiocese of Mariana, where the family had moved. In 1955, he entered the Minor Seminary of the archdiocese of Mariana, where he did his secondary studies; and then the Major Seminary, where he studied philosophy. In 1960, Archbishop Oscar de Oliveira, of Mariana, sent him to the newly established archdiocese of Brasília, as a help to that new local church, inaugurated on 21 April of that same year. In 1961, Brasília's archbishop, sent him to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he obtained a licentiate; he resided at Colegio Pio Brasileiro during those years, the Second Vatican Council was occurring. In 1965, he was sent to Germany, where he concluded his formation at the Superior Institute of Catechesis in Münich. He returned to Brazil in 1968. He did post graduate studies in the philosophy of science at the University of Brasília and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.

He was ordained a priest on 19 March 1968, in Conselheiro Lafaiete, by José Newton de Almeida Baptista, archbishop of Brasília. In the archdiocese of Brasília, he served as coordinator of catechesis; pastor of the parish of Santíssimo Sacramento. He also served as chancellor and was co-founder and professor of the Major Seminary Nossa Senhora de Fatima and at the same time professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Brasília.


He was appointed titular bishop of Nova Petra and auxiliary bishop of Brasília on 18 June 1986. He was named metropolitan Archbishop of Aparecida 28 January 2004. In 2007 he was elected to a four-year term as president of the Episcopal Council of Latin America (CELAM).

Styles of
Raymundo Damasceno Assis
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of Immacolata al Tiburtino in the consistory of 20 November 2010.[1]

In 2011 he was elected to a four-year term as president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Confêrencia Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil).

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.[2]

Pope Francis accepted his retirement on 16 November 2016 and named Orlando Brandes to succeed him.[3]


  1. ^ Pullella, Philip (20 November 2010). "Pope puts his stamp on Catholic Church future with new cardinals". Reuters. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ Borges, Alessandra (4 March 2013). "Os cinco brasileiros do colégio cardinalício". Canção Nova (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts, 16.11.201" (Press release). Vatican Press Office. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carlos Ambrosio Lewis
Titular Bishop of Nova Petra
18 June 1986 – 28 January 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by General Secretary of the Latin American Episcopal Council
1991 – 1995
Succeeded by
Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal
Preceded by
Antônio Celso Queiroz
General Secretary of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference
1995 – 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Aparecida
28 January 2004 − 16 November 2016
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Latin American Episcopal Council
12 July 2007 – 19 May 2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of Immacolata al Tiburtino
20 November 2010 −
Preceded by
Geraldo Lyrio Rocha
President of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference
10 May 2011 – 20 April 2015
Succeeded by
Order of precedence
Preceded byas President of the Supreme Federal Court Brazilian order of precedence
6th in line
as Brazilian cardinal
Followed by
Ministers of State