HIS HOLINESS THE PATRIARCH OF BRAZIL.

Archbishop of Brasilia Distro Federal. 4th Bishop consecrated by Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa & Bishop Salomao Ferraz on the 3 May 1948.

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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.

Archbishop Duarte Costa enthrones new Bishop Castillo Mendez

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Using the pre-Vatican II episcopal consecration rite and rubrics during the solemn celebration of the mass. Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa enthrones on to a Cathedra new Diocesan Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez on the 3rd May 1948.

New Bishop Castillo Mendez approached enthrones Archbishop Duarte Costa during the episcopal consecration 3rd May 1948

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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.

Archbishop Duarte Costa with Bishop Salomao Ferraz, Bishop Castillo Mendez and a few other bishops'

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Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa with Bishop Salomao Ferraz and Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez and fellow bishops after high mass in the Cathedral in Rio de Janerio.

Cardinal Carlos Carmelo de Vasconcellos Motta. Archbishop of Aparecida with Bishop Salomao Ferraz.

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Cardinal Carlos Carmelo de Vasconcellos Motta. Archbishop of Aparecida, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Talking with Bishop Salomao Ferraz one of Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo  Mendez co-consecrators.

His Holiness Patriarch Castillo Mendez with Archbishop James entering Cathedral in hierachy order.

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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.

Papal blessing issued from Pope John Paul II to Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez.

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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. 

Archbishop Duarte Costa Bishop of Maura news of his death is reported in the Brazilian Newspapers.

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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.

His Holiness Patriarch Castillo Mendez elected by college of bishops' to lead the Catholic Church

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Most Rev'd Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez sat in from of his altar in his Cathedral in Brasilia Distro Federal.

EDUCATION:

  • 1933 - 1937 Diocesan Seminary Sto. Tomas de Aquino - San Cristobal - Venezuela.
    Bachelor of Humanities (Secondary)
  • 1938 - 1941 - Major Seminary Sao Jose Caracas - Venezuela.
    Philosophy.
  • 1942 - 1946 Gregorian University of Rome.
    Superior Course in Theology.
  • 1977 College of St Thomas - Canada. Professor of Theology. Doctor of Theology.
  • St. Charles Theological Academy - California. USA. Doctor of Divinity.

Professional Experience:

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.


  • Studied in the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan seminary in Caracas, he left with a bachelor's degree and travelled with his class of seminarians to Solsona, Catalonia, in Spain.
  • August 10, 1944 Ordained Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Valentín Comellas y Santamaría in the Cathedral of Santa Maria.   
  • March 8, 1947, Rev'd Father.  Luis Fernando Castillo Méndez left the Roman Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Caracas.   
  • May 3, 1948 Rev'd Father Castillo Mendez was consecrated bishop and installed as Titular Patriarch for the Venezuelan Catholic Apostolic Church by Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa, assisted by  Auxiliary bishop Salomão Barbosa Ferraz, in the Panama Canal Zone.   
  • 1948 - Catholic Church Apostolic Church - Caracas (Venezuela): Bishop & Titular Patriarch of Caracas and Primate of Venezuela. 
  • 1950 - Brazilian Apostolic Catholic Church - Uberlandia (MG): Parochial Vicar Bishop nominated by Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa. 
  • 1957 - Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro (RJ). (Note the Diocesan was Most Rev'd Dom. Carlos Duarte Costa)
  • 1960 - Diocesan Bishop of Brasilia (DF) and the State of Goias. 
  • 1988 – Patriarch of Brazil and the Brazilian Catholic Church. 
  • 2003 - Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Council worldwide. 
  • 2005 - Patriarch of the Catholic Church OF England and Ireland. 

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BUT WHAT ABOUT THE HOLY OFFICE DECREE OF 1951 ?

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 Co-celebrates mass with Archbishop James.

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.