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.
- Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants
- Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church
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. 
Agnelo has supported efforts to improve dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. 
Cardinal Agnelo expressed concern with Brazilian politicians over a plan to legalize abortion in the country. 
|Styles of |
Geraldo Majella Agnelo
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
|See||São Salvador da Bahia|
Lucas Moreira Neves
|Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia|
13 January 1999–incumbent
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- ↑ Je me suis incliné avec joie devant la volonté de Dieu
- ↑ Joint declaration with the Lutherans in Brazil
- ↑ Obispos de Brasil: Es contradictorio promover el aborto y los derechos humanos
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