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Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, O.F.M.

Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network.

Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, O.F.M., served as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy in the Roman Curia (2006–2010), having previously served as Archbishop of Fortaleza from 1996 to 1998 and Archbishop of São Paulo from 1998 to 2006. A member of the Order of Friars Minor and an outspoken proponent of social justice, he was elevated to the cardinalate in the consistory of 21 February 2001. In 2013 he served as one of the 115 cardinals in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

When the new Pope was elected on March 13, 2013, Cardinal Hummes, who was sitting next to him in the Sistine Chapel, whispered to the Pope, "Don't forget the poor!" and the Pope said that immediately he remembered St. Francis of Assisi and "the name Francis came into my heart". When the newly elected Pope Francis appeared on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica that same night shortly after his election, Cardinal Hummes was among the cardinals who accompanied the new pope and stood beside him at his immediate left on the balcony. The Cardinal is now living in retirement in Brazil.

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