BORN 4th December 1922 and DIED 29th October 2009.
Most Rev'd Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez was a native Venezuelan citizen. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Spain. (This has been denied by the Roman Catholic Church in Spain. However newspaper reports from the Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela confirm that Fr Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez was indeed ordained a Roman Catholic priest). He was elected in 1947 by 250 priests to be a bishop. Upon notification of this Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa by decree approved the election. After examining Fr Castillo Mendez ordination papers carefully, he consecrated Fr Castillo Mendez to the sacred office of Diocesan Bishop. He travelled in a private aeroplane and smuggled Fr Castillo Mendez out of Venezuela for his safety were Bishop Castillo Mendez took up Brazilian Citizenship and was appointed as Diocesan Bishop of Brasilia DF.
Note: A bishop receives upon episcopal consecration all the lower orders as well as the higher orders required.
Diocesan Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez presenting gifts of candles, wine and bread to his principal consecrator Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa on the 3rd may 1948.
Most Rev'd Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez, His Holiness the Patriarch of Brazil entering the Cathedral with fellow bishops in rank of order of hierarchy within the church.
His Holiness, Pope John Paul II and His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez was in secret talks for years with each other with insight of both Catholic Churches working together as one. The above picture is the Papal blessing sent to His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez from the Pope. Pp John Paul II died before talks could be reached.
DOM is the title given to all Brazilian Catholic Bishops.
National and International newspapers report of the death of Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa. Archbishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez on looks at the open coffin on his friend and Principal Consecrator.
Most Rev'd Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez sat in from of his altar in his Cathedral in Brasilia Distro Federal.
The list below is taken directly from the autobiography of the late Most Rev'd Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez. Patriarch of Brazil written in 2005.
Consecrations need Papal approval but lets look at the Holy Office Decree of 1951 and examine were it stands towards Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez and if this has any effect from 1948 on any bishops he consecrates
His Holiness the Patriarch of Brazil, Most Rev'd Dom Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez co-celebrating mass with Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake then Secretary of Doctrine of Faith of the Brazilian Patriarchate.
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