José dos Santos Garcia

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José dos Santos Garcia SMP (born April 16, 1913 in Aldeia do Souto near Covilhã , Portugal ; † December 11, 2010 in Covilhã) was a Roman Catholic religious and bishop of Porto Amélia .


José dos Santos Garcia joined the Portuguese Missionary Society of Boa Nova (Missionários dà "Boa Nova" SMP) and was ordained a priest on July 25, 1938 . He was Professor of Mathematics, Mayor and Subregens of the Cernache Bonjardim Seminary . In 1955 he went to what was then the Portuguese colony of Mozambique as a missionary . He built a church, boarding schools and a health center in the diocese of Nampula.

On April 5, 1957, Pope Pius XII appointed him . first bishop of the Diocese of Porto Amélia (from 1976 Diocese of Pemba) in Mozambique, founded on April 5, 1957 from the Diocese of Nampula . He was ordained bishop on June 16, 1957 by the Archbishop of Lourenço Marques (from 1976 Archdiocese of Maputo) Teodósio Clemente Cardinal de Gouveia ; Co- consecrators were the then bishop of Nampula Manuel de Medeiros Guerreiro and the bishop of Quelimane Francisco Nunes Teixeira .

José dos Santos Garcia was the councilor of the second, third and fourth sessions of the Second Vatican Council .

1975, the year Mozambique gained independence from Portugal, was his resignation by Pope Paul VI. granted. Dos Santos Garcia, like most Portuguese, returned to Portugal and was awarded the Golden Plaque of the City of Covilhã in 2006.

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