On July 9, 2012, the Archbishop Emeritus of Rio de Janeiro, Eugenio Cardinal Sales died. His funeral was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . During his funeral, a white dove landed on the casket of the late Cardinal. Reports say the dove stayed there for almost an hour!

Eugênio de Araújo Sales (8 November 1920 – 9 July 2012) was a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, having been elevated by Pope Paul VI on April 28, 1969. He served as archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro for thirty years until his resignation was accepted in 2001, when he had already passed the maximum age for voting in a papal conclave. He was the Cardinal Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church and also the longest serving living Cardinal of the Catholic Church from February 16, 2009 until his death.

Pope Pius XII appointed Sales to the Episcopate, naming him titular Bishop of Thibica and auxiliary Bishop of Natal on June 1, 1954. Sales was consecrated a Bishop on August 15, 1954.

On January 9, 1962, Pope bl. John XXIII named Sales Apostolic Administrator of Natal, and on July 9, 1964 Pope Paul VI transferred him to the Primatial See of São Salvador da Bahia also as Apostolic Administrator sede plena.

On October 29, 1968, Sales, until then Apostolic Administrator, was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop São Salvador da Bahia, becoming ex officio the Primate of Brazil.

On the consistory of 28 April 1969, Pope Paul created Archbishop Sales a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. On 30 April 1969 Cardinal Sales received his red birretta and the title of Cardinal-Priest of S. Gregorio VII.

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetuae luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

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  1. I was much moved with the dove staying in his casket for an hour.
    I deeply share the sad sentiment the people in the world had on his death.


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