Cl Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M. Cl Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M.
Function:
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana
Birthdate:
Aug 08, 1934
Country:
Brazil
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes answers 'voice of God' is assuming key Vatican post
Oct 31, 2006
Brazil Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who heads the Roman Catholic diocese in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest, said he is ready to take on the challenging new Vatican post given to him Tuesday by Pope Benedict XVI.

(The Associated Press, October 31, 2006) SAO PAULO, The 72-year-old Hummes will succeed Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy — the office in charge of priests around the world. The 77-year-old Castrillon Hoyos was retiring for reason of age.

"I am at the Pope's complete disposal," Hummes, who is expected to head to Rome in about two weeks, told reporters. "When the Pope calls, it is the voice of God I hear."

The cardinal, who will be charge of priests around the world, faces major challenges in his new job, said Fernando Altemeyer, a theologian at the Roman Catholic University of Sao Paulo.

"Hummes will supervise some 400,000 priests around the world," Altemeyer said. "And he will be dealing with several difficult issues like the problem of pedophilia among the clergy and the fate of priests in hazardous region in Latin America, Africa and Asia."

The Rev. Juarez Pedro de Castro, a press spokesman for the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, said Hummes "has known for a while that he was being considered for the position."

Hummes' replacement is expected to be named within a few weeks.

"In the meantime I will keep my fingers crossed hoping that whoever takes his place will have the same intellectual capacity and commitment to social issues," Altemeyer said.

Hummes is a great grandson of a German immigrant who came to Brazil in the 19th century and married a Brazilian woman of German descent. Hummes was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Montenegro, a small city in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

In 1975, he was appointed bishop of Santo Andre, an industrial district on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, where he gained national attention as a defender of the striking metalworkers, among them Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who has just been re-elected to a second term as president of Brazil. Strikes were illegal and the military regime considered them a threat to national security.

In 1996, John Paul appointed Hummes archbishop of Fortaleza, capital of the northeastern state of Ceara. Two years later, he was transferred to Sao Paulo, home to some 6 million Roman Catholics. He was named cardinal in 2001.


SAO PAULO, Brazil Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who heads the Roman Catholic diocese in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest, said he is ready to take on the challenging new Vatican post given to him Tuesday by Pope Benedict XVI.

The 72-year-old Hummes will succeed Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy — the office in charge of priests around the world. The 77-year-old Castrillon Hoyos was retiring for reason of age.

"I am at the Pope's complete disposal," Hummes, who is expected to head to Rome in about two weeks, told reporters. "When the Pope calls, it is the voice of God I hear."

The cardinal, who will be charge of priests around the world, faces major challenges in his new job, said Fernando Altemeyer, a theologian at the Roman Catholic University of Sao Paulo.

"Hummes will supervise some 400,000 priests around the world," Altemeyer said. "And he will be dealing with several difficult issues like the problem of pedophilia among the clergy and the fate of priests in hazardous region in Latin America, Africa and Asia."

The Rev. Juarez Pedro de Castro, a press spokesman for the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, said Hummes "has known for a while that he was being considered for the position."

Hummes' replacement is expected to be named within a few weeks.

"In the meantime I will keep my fingers crossed hoping that whoever takes his place will have the same intellectual capacity and commitment to social issues," Altemeyer said.

Hummes is a great grandson of a German immigrant who came to Brazil in the 19th century and married a Brazilian woman of German descent. Hummes was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Montenegro, a small city in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

In 1975, he was appointed bishop of Santo Andre, an industrial district on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, where he gained national attention as a defender of the striking metalworkers, among them Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who has just been re-elected to a second term as president of Brazil. Strikes were illegal and the military regime considered them a threat to national security.

In 1996, John Paul appointed Hummes archbishop of Fortaleza, capital of the northeastern state of Ceara. Two years later, he was transferred to Sao Paulo, home to some 6 million Roman Catholics. He was named cardinal in 2001.
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