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DO DESTERRO, Antonio Reilnas (dodester'ro), Brazilian prelate, born in Vianna da Lima, Portugal, 13 ,July 1694; died ill Rio de Janeiro, 5 December 1773. He entered the order of St. Benedict, distinguished himself as a teacher and orator, and became bishop of Angola, from which see he passed to Rio de Janeiro, nominated archbishop of that diocese by the king, and confirmed by the pope, 18 January 1745. Do Desterro made his entry into Rio de Janeiro, 1 Jan., 1747. He was the first that tried to ameliorate the condition of the slaves, and prohibited their burial outside of the cemeteries. He founded schools, built Churches, and contributed to the improvement of the country.
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