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Ideology masks people’s real problems, warns new cardinal of Brazil’s capital

Meet Archbishop Paulo Cezar Costa, 55, who will become the third youngest cardinal. His mission is anything but easy.

“I have always wanted to be a servant in my life,” said Archbishop Paulo Cezar Costa at a press conference on May 29, after learning that Pope Francis had named him to the list of 20 prelates who will enter the College of Cardinals on August 27.

Since his appointment as a bishop just 11 years ago, Costa, now 55, has been a leader of the Brazilian episcopate. Since December 2020, he has been entrusted with the archdiocese of his country’s capital, Brasilia, where he seeks to promote dialogue and be close to his flock.

“A total surprise,” the future cardinal acknowledged about the announcement. For him, it reflects the “kindness of Pope Francis” toward the Church in Brazil and his city of Brasilia. “My deep gratitude to Pope Francis for choosing me,” he added.

In August, Archbishop Costa will become the third…

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