Cardinal Agnelo in 2006
Photo: Marcello Casal Jr/ABr

Geraldo Majella Agnelo (born October 19, 1933), is a Brazilian Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia and Primate of Brazil.

Early life and ordination

He was born in Juiz de Fora. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of São Paulo on June 29, 1957 and holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St Anselm, Rome. He was director of the philosophical seminary, Aparecida, spiritual director and professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Ipiranga, professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Pius XI Theological Institute and rector of Our Lady of the Assumption Seminary.


On May 5, 1978 he was appointed the second Bishop of Toledo, Paraná and received episcopal ordination on August 6. On October 4, 1982 he was promoted to Archbishop of Londrina. He was President of the Brazilian Bishops' Liturgical Commission. On September 16, 1991 he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was named Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia on January 13, 1999.


In May 1999 he was nominated Vice President of CELAM. Elected president of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops in May 2003. He was made Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Magno alla Magliana Nuova (St. Gregory the Great at Magliana Nuova) by John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI and was considered papabile himself.

Curial Membership:


2005 conclave

On April 2005, he said that he was very happy at the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope of the Catholic Church. [1]

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue

Agnelo has supported efforts to improve dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. [2]


Cardinal Agnelo expressed concern with Brazilian politicians over a plan to legalize abortion in the country. [3]

Styles of
Geraldo Majella Agnelo
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See São Salvador da Bahia
Preceded by
Lucas Moreira Neves
Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia
13 January 1999–incumbent
Succeeded by

External links


  1. Je me suis incliné avec joie devant la volonté de Dieu
  2. Joint declaration with the Lutherans in Brazil
  3. Obispos de Brasil: Es contradictorio promover el aborto y los derechos humanos
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