Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, whose advocacy of human rights in Brazil placed him in opposition to a military dictatorship that engaged in systemic torture, died on Wednesday in São Paulo. He was 95.
The São Paulo Archdiocese confirmed his death, from pneumonia.
“Where human rights are not respected, we speak out against them,” Cardinal Arns said in 1972, a year before he was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI. “When these rights are defended, we find ourselves in support.”