Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

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Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

Archbishop Emeritus of Maputo
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed18 September 1976[1]
Retired22 February 2003
PredecessorCustódio Alvim Pereira
SuccessorFrancisco Chimoio
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali (1988-)
Ordination25 June 1953
by Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira
Consecration9 March 1975
by Agnelo Rossi
Created cardinal28 June 1988
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameAlexandre José Maria dos Santos
Born (1924-03-18) 18 March 1924 (age 95)
Zavala, Mozambique
Previous postArchbishop of Laurençco Marques (1974-76)[2]
MottoServir e não ser servido ("To serve, not to be served")
Coat of armsAlexandre José Maria dos Santos's coat of arms

Alexandre José Maria dos Santos (born 18 March 1924) is a Roman Catholic Mozambican cardinal. He was the first native cardinal of Mozambique.

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

He was born in Zavala, Mozambique. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1953. He was archbishop of Maputo, between 1975 and 2003. On 26 June 1988 he was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, and given the titular church of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali.[3]


  1. ^ As the Archbishop of Maputo after it was renamed.
  2. ^ The Archdiocese became the Maputo archdiocese but it held as a different position.
  3. ^ Cardinal Title S. Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali

External links[edit]

  • "Santos Card. Alexandre José Mária dos, O.F.M." Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  • Alexandre José Maria Cardinal dos Santos bio