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Pope Francis appoints new Patriarch of Lisbon

 Pope Francis appoints  new Patriarch of Lisbon  ING-032
11 August 2023

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Rui Manuel Sousa Valério, s.m.m. , until now the Military Ordinary of Portugal, as Patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal. The Pope accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Patriarchate of Lisbon, Portugal, presented by Cardinal Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente (10 August).

Bishop Rui Manuel Sousa Valério was born on 24 December 1964 in Ourém, diocese of Leiria-Fatima. After completing his studies in philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he received a licence in Dogmatic Theology. He subsequently attended a course in philology at La Sapienza University of Rome and in spirituality at the Centre International Montfortain in Louvain, Belgium.

He gave his religious vows in the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries) on 6 October 1990, and was ordained a priest on 23 March 1991. He has held the following offices: collaborator in the parish of Castelverde di Lunghezza in Rome; parish vicar in Castro Verde, diocese of Beja; vicar forane, parish vicar and then parish priest in Póvoa de Santo Adrião, in the Patriarchate of Lisbon; and military chaplain in the Marine Hospital in Lisbon and at the Naval School in Alfaiete.

Within his religious institute in Portugal, he has served as formator of postulants, counsellor to the Major Superior for the Delegation, and local Superior. On 27 October 2018 he was appointed military ordinary of Portugal, and received episcopal ordination the following 25 November.