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AGUIAR ALVES Card. Américo Manuel 


Cardinal Américo Manuel Alves Aguiar,  Bishop of Setúbal (Portugal), was born on 12 December 1973 in Leça do Balio, Matosinhos.

In 1995 he entered the Major Seminary of Porto; he carried out his academic studies at the Catholic University of Theology, Porto, and was awarded a master’s degree in communication sciences in Lisbon.

In 2001 he was ordained a priest by Bishop Armindo Lopes Coelho.

He has held the following offices: from 2001 to 2002, parish priest of San Pedro de Azevedo, Campanhã; from 2001-2004, notary in the diocesan Curia; from 2002 to 2015, head of the Information/Communication Office; from 2002 to 2008, regional assistant of the National Scout Corps; from 2004 to 2015, vicar general, head official of the bishops of Porto, chaplain of the diocesan Curia, and chaplain major of the Mercy of Porto; from 2007 to 2015, vice rector of the diocesan shrine of Santa Rita (Ermesinde); and from 2014 to 2015, parish priest in solidum of the Cathedral. He was a member of the Cabido Portucalense from 2017 to February 2019.

He was director of the National Secretariat of Social Communication from 7 April 2016 to 1 May 2019.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Lisbon by Pope Francis on 1 March 2019, and was ordained on 31 March 2019.

He was president of the World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 Foundation, and director of the Department of Communication of the Patriarchate of Lisbon.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 30 September 2023, of the Title of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana.

Member of:

  • Dicastery for Communication.