Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Paulo
- There is also a Diocese of São Paulo (and a Bishop of São Paulo) in the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.
Archdiocese of São Paulo
Archidioecesis Sancti Pauli in Brasilia
Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Paul
|Ecclesiastical province||São Paulo|
|Area||655 km2 (253 sq mi)|
|(as of 2014)|
|Established||6 December 1745 (273 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora da Assunção e São Paulo|
|Auxiliary Bishops||José Benedito Cardoso|
Devair Araújo da Fonseca
Sérgio de Deus Borges
José Roberto Fortes Palau
Carlos Lema Garcia
Eduardo Vieira dos Santos
Luis Carlos Dias
The Archdiocese is currently headed by Odilo Scherer since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 21 March 2007, an appointment that ended almost four decades of Franciscan leadership in the archdiocese: both predecessors, Cardinals Paulo Evaristo Arns and Cláudio Hummes, belonged to that Order.
Its cathedral episcopal see, the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora da Assunção e São Paulo, in the metropolis São Paulo, was dedicated to the Assumption of Mary on September 5, 1964. The city also has three minor basilicas : Basílica de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo (both also Marian) and Basílica do Santíssimo Sacramento (dedicated to the Holly Sacrament).
- The Diocese of São Paulo was erected by Pope Benedict XIV on 6 December 1745, on vast territory split off from the then Diocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro.
- It lost territories on April 27, 1892 to establish the Diocese of Curitiba and on August 9, 1907 to establish the Diocese of Campanha.
- It became a Metropolitan Archdiocese on June 7, 1908, having lost more territories to establish the Dioceses of Botucatu, Campinas, Ribeirão Preto, São Carlos do Pinhal and Taubaté.
- It lost further territories to establish more Dioceses : Sorocaba Santos, Bragança Paulista, Santo André, Metropolitan Aparecida, Diocese of Mogi das Cruzes, Jundiaí, Campo Limpo, Osasco, Santo Amaro and São Miguel Paulista.
- It enjoyed papal visits from Pope John Paul II in July 1980 and Pope Benedict XVI in May 2007.
Bishops of São PauloEdit
- Bernardo Rodrigues Nogueira (1745–1748 )
- Antônio da Madre de Deus Galvão, O.F.M. (1750–1764)
- Manuel da Ressurreição, O.F.M. (1771–1789)
- Miguel da Madre de Deus da Cruz, O.F.M. (1791–1795), appointed Archbishop of Braga (Portugal)
- Mateus de Abreu Pereira (1795–1824)
- Manuel Joaquim Gonçalves de Andrade (1827–1847)
- Antônio Joaquim de Melo (1851–1861)
- Sebastião Pinto do Rego (1861–1868)
- Lino Deodato Rodrigues de Carvalho (1871–1894)
- Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti (1894–1897), appointed Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (elevated to Cardinal in 1905)
- Antônio Cândido Alvarenga (1898–1903
- José de Camargo Barros (1903–1906)
- Leopoldo Duarte e Silva (1906–1908)
Archbishops of São PauloEdit
- Leopoldo Duarte e Silva (1908–1938)
- José Gaspar d'Afonseca e Silva (1939–1943)
- Cardinal Carlos Carmelo de Vasconcelos Motta (1944–1964), appointed Archbishop of Aparecida
- Cardinal Agnelo Rossi (1964–1970), appointed Prefect of Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith and later President of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
- Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, O.F.M. (1970–1998)
- Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, O.F.M. (1998–2006), appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
- Cardinal Odilo Scherer (2007–present)
- Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti (1892–1894), appointed Bishop of São Paulo
- José Gaspar d'Afonseca e Silva (1935–1939), appointed Archbishop of São Paulo
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