Cardinal Dom Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, died today (4), in São Paulo, at the age of 87. The information was confirmed, in a note, by Cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer, Archbishop of São Paulo. According to the note, he died “after a prolonged illness, which he endured with patience and faith in God.” Born in Montenegro (RS) in 1934, Hummes was ordained a priest in 1958 and his episcopal ordination took place in 1975. He was diocesan bishop of Santo André (SP), Archbishop of Fortaleza and Archbishop of São Paulo. Dom Claudio, as he was known, was one of the best known and most recognized archbishops. Between 2006 and 2011, he worked alongside Pope Benedict XVI in Rome as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, where he remained until he was replaced by an age limit at the end of 2010. Back in Brazil, he held the position of president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), a position he held until March this year. Between July 2020 and March 2022, he also presided over the newly created Amazon Ecclesial Conference 

It had a history of defending the struggle of Brazilian workers. His support for the indigenous peoples of the Amazon was also
remembered by Vatican News, the official Vatican channel, which mourned his
death. “He was 87 years old and had a big heart that beat – and there is
no rhetoric in saying that – ‘for the poor. The indigenous peoples of the Amazon, such as consecrated
missionaries and lay people; the thirsty and hungry in the ‘South of the world’, such as
low-paid workers or the victims of climate change. In 2013, Pope Francis told journalists that he chose the name
that celebrates Saint Francis of Assisi after being warned by Dom Cláudio, who
was by his side at the time of the election, that it was necessary to remember
the poor. “Don’t forget the poor”, Dom Claudio would have
whispered to the newly elected Pope.

The cardinal was treating cancer. His body will be veiled in the Metropolitan Cathedral of São
Paulo and Masses will be celebrated to honor him. The times for the wake, burial and masses have not yet been
released by the Archdiocese of São Paulo.

Source: Agência Brasil