IN GAUDIUM DOMINI
H.E. CARDINAL RAYMUNDO DAMASCENO ASSIS
Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, Benedict XVI host during trip to Brazil
Raymundo Damasceno Assis is the archbishop of Aparecida in Brazil, one of the most important dioceses in Latin America.
He was ordained a priest at 29, John Paul II named him archbishop in 2004. He presided CELAM, the governing body for all bishops in Latin America, for four years.
He also joined Benedict XVI on his first trip to Latin America, to Brazil, in May 2007.
CARD. RAYMUNDO DAMASCENO ASSIS
Archbishop of Aparecida (Brazil)
October 21, 2009
“It's a body of service, of communion between the bishops' conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. A body that offers help and services according to the needs of each bishop's conference.”
The trip ended up so well that in November 2010, Benedict XVI named him cardinal and in 2011, he was chosen as president of the Brazilian Conference of Bishops.