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Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, 65, prefect of the Congregation for Religious
22 February 2013, 9:00
Has been in Rome since January 2011 and was previously Archbishop of Brasília. He was created a cardinal in January 2012. His predecessor at the Congregation for Religious, Cardinal Franc Rode, spoke of a 'crisis' in religious life following the Second Vatican Council caused by liberalising trends, and ordered an apostolic visitation of American women's religious orders. Cardinal Braz de Aviz has said that his main aim is to 'rebuild trust' by approaching issues in a new way - 'without pre-emptive condemnations and by listening to people's concerns'.