Friday, January 15, 2021

RIP Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid - Death of Cardinal in Brazil from COVID-19 at the Age of 88


The following is the telegram of condolence from the Holy Father to His Eminence Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist., archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the death yesterday of His Eminence Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I., archbishop emeritus of the same metropolitan see, of the Title of Ss. Bonifacio e Alessio:
Dom Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist.
Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro
It is with deep regret that I receive the news of the death of cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, and I wish to assure you of my prayerful solidarity with all the faithful who found in him a zealous pastor. His episcopal motto, “god is good”, reminded us of the goodness of god with his church, and this remembrance is truly consoling when we remember beloved Dom Eusébio, who served the people of god so diligently, as the first bishop of São José dos Campos, and in the guidance, with equal care, of the archdiocese of florianopolis and the metropolitan see of São Sebastião do Rio de janeiro.
 
 While I thank the most high for having given such a generous pastor to the church in brazil, I raise fervent prayers that the departed cardinal be welcomed in his eternal happiness, and console with hope in the resurrection all those who mourn the loss of their beloved pastor, imparting to them, as a pledge of heavenly consolation, the apostolic blessing.
Franciscus pp.
 
Biography of SCHEID Card. Eusébio Oscar, S.C.I. 
Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I., Archbishop emeritus of Saõ Sebastião do Rio de Janiero, Ordinary emeritus for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil, was born in Bom Retiro, Joaçaba, Brazil, on 8 December 1932.
He studied at the Dehonian Fathers’ Seminary and was ordained a priest in Rome on 3 July 1960. He holds a specialization and a doctorate in Christology.
Back in his homeland he taught dogmatic theology and liturgy until his appointment as Bishop of São José dos Campos on 11 February 1981; he was ordained on 1 May.
He was appointed Archbishop of Florianópolis on 23 January 1991.
On 25 July 2001, he became Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, and that same year he was named Ordinary for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil. He also served as President of South Region IV of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference.
Archbishop emeritus of Saõ Sebastião do Rio de Janiero, 27 February 2009.
Ordinary emeritus for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil, 28 July 2010.
He participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by St. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003, of theTitle of Ss. Bonifacio e Alessio (Sts. Boniface and Alexius).
Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid died on 13 Janaury 2021. 

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