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Suenens, Leo Jozef
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Léon Jozef Suenens was born in Ixelles, Belgium in 1904. He was ordained as a priest in 1927 and later as a bishop in 1945. In 1961, Pope John XXIII appointed him as the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and in the following year as a Cardinal. He was an astute progressive person who championed for the overall renewal of the Catholic Church at the Second Vatican Council. Pope Paul VI appointed him as one of the four moderators of the Council. As a moderator, he was actively involved in drafting one of the key documents of the Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium). He also inf…

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Alva, Reginald, “Suenens, Leo Jozef”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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