Bráz de Aviz, João
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: Sant’Elena fuori Porta Prenestina
Native Country: Brazil
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 24 April 2027

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz was born on 24 April 1947 in Mafra, Brazil. He was ordained a priest on 26 November 1972 for the Diocese of Apucurana. He holds a licence in theology and a doctorate in canon law. He received episcopal ordination on 31 May 1994, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Flenucleta and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Vitória. In 1998 he was appointed Bishop of Ponta Grossa, in 2002 Archbishop of Maringá and in 2004, Archbishop of Brasília. He was appointed Prefect of the, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 4 January 2011.