D. Tolentino Mendonça merit member of the Academy of History


Cardinal D. José Tolentino Mendonça, prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, was today distinguished as a member of merit by the Portuguese Academy of History.

The formal session took place this Wednesday, Academy Day, at the Palácio dos Lilases, in Lisbon.

The Pope’s collaborator uttered the Prayer of Wisdom “The actuality of the thought of Paul of Tarsus”.

This figure is at the center of the new book by Cardinal Tolentino Mendonça, in which he speaks of São Paulo, an apostle of the 1st century, as “one of the most innovative men and who brought the most ideas to the world”.

“A thinker like Paulo de Tarso is of interest to everyone, if only because it would be impossible to understand the history of the West (from the points of view of spirituality, philosophy, political theory, cultural studies…) without the impact of his words. . Therefore, getting to know São Paulo is also equivalent to getting to know ourselves better”, refers the poet and biblist, in the prologue of ‘Metamorfose Necessária. Reread São Paulo’ (Quetzal), in Portuguese bookstores.

D. José Tolentino Mendonça now appears in a list of members of the Portuguese Academy of History that includes several figures of the Catholic Church in Portugal, such as D. Manuel Clemente, cardinal-patriarch of Lisbon; D. Francisco Senra Coelho, Archbishop of Évora; D. Carlos Azevedo, currently in Rome as part of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; D. António Montes, bishop emeritus of Bragança-Miranda; and Cardinal D. António Marto, bishop emeritus of Leiria-Fátima.

On September 26, the Pope appointed the 56-year-old cardinal from Madeira as prefect of the new Dicastery for Culture and Education, after having held the position of Librarian and Archivist of the Holy See, which he took over in 2018.

D. José Tolentino Mendonça was born in Machico (Diocese of Funchal) in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1990 and bishop on July 28, 2018; he holds a doctorate in Biblical Theology, having held, among other functions, the positions of rector of the Portuguese Pontifical College in Rome, director of the Faculty of Theology of the UCP and director of the National Secretariat for the Pastoral of Culture.

He was created cardinal by Pope Francis on October 5, 2019.

Biblist, researcher, poet and essayist, Tolentino Mendonça was awarded the rank of Commander of the Order of Sant’lago da Espada by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Republic, in 2015.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic, chose him as President of the Organizing Committee for the Commemorations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities 2020.


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