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Alexandre José Maria dos Santos
Archbishop Emeritus of Maputo
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Maputo
See Maputo
Appointed 18 September 1976
Predecessor Custódio Alvim Pereira
Successor Francisco Chimoio
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali (1988–2021)
Ordination 25 June 1953
Consecration 9 March 1975
by Agnelo Rossi
Created Cardinal 28 June 1988
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Alexandre José Maria dos Santos
Born (1924-03-18)18 March 1924
Zavala, Mozambique
Died 29 September 2021(2021-09-29) (aged 97)
Maputo, Mozambique
Previous post Archbishop of Laurençco Marques (1974–76)
Motto Servir e não ser servido ("To serve, not to be served")
Coat of arms

Alexandre José Maria dos Santos (18 March 1924 – 29 September 2021) was a Mozambican Roman Catholic cardinal. He was the first native cardinal of Mozambique.

Ecclesiastical career

Dos Santos was born in Zavala, Mozambique. He studied in Nyasaland and Lisbon before being ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1953, becoming the first black Mozambican to receive the distinction. In 1973 he became the first African to run a seminary in Mozambique. He was archbishop of Maputo, between 1975 and 2003. On 26 June 1988, he was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, and given the titular church of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali. He was instrumental in the peace process surrounding the end of the Mozambican Civil War. He did not participate in the conclaves of 2005 and 2013, because he was over the age limit by then.

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