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CLEMENTE Card. Manuel


Cardinal Manuel (José Macário do Nascimento) Clemente, Patriarch emeritus of Lisbon (Portugal), was born in Torres Vedras, Patriarchate of Lisbon, on 16 July 1948.

After earning a history degree at the University of Lisbon, he entered the Patriarchal Seminary Cristo Rei dos Olivais. He earned a doctorate in theology, with a specialization in historical theology, at the Catholic University of Portugal.  

He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1979 for the Patriarchate of Lisbon.

He has been vice-rector and rector of the Major Seminary, professor of theology at the Catholic University, member of the cathedral Chaper, and member of the Presbytery and Pastoral Councils.

On 22 January 2000 he was ordained a bishop, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Pinhel and Auxiliary of Lisbon.

On 22 February 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Porto.

He was appointed Patriarch of Lisbon by Pope Francis on 18 May 2013.

He has served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Portugal since 19 June 2013, after having served as Vice-President. Within the Conference he has served as President of the Episcopal Commission for Culture, Cultural Assets and Social Communications. He has authored numerous publications and since 2012 he has been a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication.

On 10 August 2023 the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Patriarchate of Lisboa, Portugal, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 14 February 2015, of the Title of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio (Saint Anthony in Campo Marzio).

Member of:

  • Dicastery for the Clergy.