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Isidore de Souza

Isidore de Souza Beninese archbishop (1934-1999)

Beninese archbishop (1934-1999)
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Intro Beninese archbishop (1934-1999)
Was Bishop Archbishop
From Benin
Type Religion
Gender male
Birth 4 April 1934, Ouidah
Death 13 March 1999, Cotonou (aged 64 years)
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Biography

Isidore de Souza (4 April 1934--13 March 1999) was a Beninese priest, the former Archbishop of Cotonou.
He was born in Ouidah on 4 April 1934 and studied in Abidjan and Rome. He was ordained a priest on 8 July 1962. De Souza was appointed Archbishop of Cotonou on 17 July 1981, serving until 27 December 1990. He led the National Conference in February 1990, which was convened to address economic issues but returned Benin to democracy. He was instrumental in preventing the army from disbanding it. De Souza served as the chairman of the Haut Conseil de la Republic from March 1990 to April 1991, setting up the presidential election and a new constitution. He persuaded Mathieu Kerekou to accept the succestions of the council and return Benin to civilian rule. De Souza was the chairman of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Francophone West Africa from 1997 to his death. He died on 13 March 1999 in Ouidah.

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