Brazilian Cardinal Araujo dies at 95
Brazilian Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araujo, retired archbishop of Belo Horizonte, died on 8th October in Brazil at the age of 95.
With dozens of Brazilian bishops at the Vatican for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis and other synod members offered special prayers that evening for the repose of his soul.
The cardinal’s death left the College of Cardinals with 224 members, 127 of whom were under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope.
Cardinal Araujo celebrated his 60th anniversary as a bishop in May; as a bishop, he was a member of the Second Vatican Council, which met from 1962 to 1965. And although he was a cardinal for 21 years, he never participated as an elector in a conclave, since he turned 80 eight months before St John Paul II died.
Born on 13th August 1924 in Minas Novas, Brazil, he held degrees in theology and in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 and became a bishop in 1959, serving as an auxiliary in Belo Horizonte.
Picture: Brazilian Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araujo, retired archbishop of Belo Horizonte, died on 8th October 2019 in Brazil at the age of 95. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).Tags: Brazil, Brazilian, Cardinal Araujo, Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araujo, dies