center_img Comments   Share   One year earlier, he told the O Globo newspaper that from 1976-1982 he provided shelter to close to 5,000 Brazilian opponents of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military regime and political refugees fleeing the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile.He said at the time that those he helped were either put up in 80 apartments rented by the archdiocese or received help to travel to other counties, mostly in Europe.“He was present in all of Brazil’s most important events, especially those involving refugees and the defense of the persecuted,” Rio de Janeiro Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said in a statement.Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral decreed three days of mourning.President Dilma Rousseff said Sales will be remembered for “his concern with social issues which was always closely linked to his ecclesiastical work.”Sales’ body will lie in state at Rio de Janeiro’s cathedral, where he will be entombed in a crypt on Wednesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more