document by Fr. José Oscar Beozzo is available in its original Portuguese on the website of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. It is part of a collection of documents celebrating the 2009 centennial of Dom Helder Camara. English translation by Rebel Girl
Actually, I've had access to two attendance lists, at different points in the
Council (1962 and 1964), of the bishops who participated in the "Church of the Poor" Group. Those lists were among the papers of Cardinal Lercaro, deposited at the Istituto per le Scienze Religose in Bologna.
However, I don't have the list of those 39 bishops who were in the celebration of
Mass at the Catacomb of Saint Domitilla on November 16, 1965, when they signed the Pact of the Catacombs. They wanted to have a discreet celebration away from the press, with few bishops (originally it was supposed to be only 20), to prevent their gesture of simplicity and commitment from being interpreted as a "lesson" to the other bishops. So much so that the first news of the celebration only appeared in a note by Henri Fesquet in the newspaper Le Monde, more than three weeks later, at the close of the Council on December 8, 1965, under the title "Un groupe d'évêquês anonymes s'engage à donner le témoignage extérieur d'une vie de stricte pauvreté” ("A group og anonymous bishops commit themselves to giving external witness to a life of strict poverty" -- Henri Fesquet, in Journal du Concile. Forcalquier: Robert Morel Editeur, 1966, pp. 1110-1113). The news item didn't name names.
A list exists of those who participated in that celebration. It can be found among the papers of Msgr. Charles Marie Himmer, bishop of Tournai in Belgium, who presided at the concelebration that morning and gave the homily. It's document 80 of the "Papiers Himmer" deposited in the Vatican II Archives at the University of Louvain. I didn't have access to this document but it's possible to request it from the university, if Jon Sobrino or PUC-Rio is interested. M. Lamberigts, professor of History at Louvain and Claude Soetens, also a historian at Louvain-la-Neuve could eventually locate the document.
I can say that from Brazil, [the following bishops] participated in the celebration: Dom Antônio Fragoso (Crateús-CE), Dom Francisco Austregésilo Mesquita Filho (Afogados da Ingazeira - PE), Dom João Batista da Mota e Albuquerque, archbishop of Vitória, ES, Fr. Luiz Gonzaga Fernandes who was to be consecrated auxilliary bishop of Vitória a few days later right there in Rome, Dom Jorge Marcos de Oliveira (Santo André-SP), Dom Helder Camara, Dom Henrique Golland Trindade, OFM, archbishop of Botucatu, SP, Dom José Maria Pires, archbishop of Paraíba, PB.
From other countries: Mgr. Georges Mercier, bishop of Laghouat in the Sahara, Mgr.
Hakim, Melchite bishop of Nazareth, Mgr. Haddad, Melchite bishop, auxilliary bishop of Beirut, Mgr. Gérard Marie Coderre, bishop of Saint Jean de Quebec in Canada, Mons. Rafael Gonzalez Moralejo, auxilliary bishop of Valencia in Spain, Mons. Julius Angerhausen, auxilliary bishop of Essen in Germany; from France, Mgr. Guy Marie Riobé, bishop of Orleans, Mgr. Gérard Huyghe de Arras, Mgr. Adrien Gand, auxilliary bishop to Cardinal Liénart in Lille; from Italy, Mons. Luigi Betazzi, auxilliary bishop to Cardinal Lercaro in Bologna in those days; from Africa, Dom Bernard Yago, archbishop of Abidjan in Ivory Coast, Joseph Blomjous, bishop of Mwanza, in Tanzania; from Asia, Mons. Charles Joseph de Melckebeke, a Belgian but bishop of Ningxia in China, expelled and dying in Singapore.
There were also bishops from Vietnam and Indonesia. From other countries in Latin America, those who participated in the Church of the Poor group: Mons. Manuel Larrain from Talca in Chile, Mons. Marco Gregorio McGrath from Panama (Diocese of Santiago de Veraguas), Mons. Leonidas Proaño from Riobamba, Ecuador; from Argentina, Mons. Alberto Devoto from the Diocese of Goya, Mons. Vicente Faustino Zazpe from the Diocese of Rafaela, Mons. Juan José Iriarte from Reconquista; from Uruguay, Mons. Alfredo Viola, bishop of Salto and his auxilliary, Mons. Marcelo Mendiharat; from Colombia, Mons. Tulio Botero Salazar, archbishop of Medellín and his auxilliary, Medina; Muñoz Duque from Pamplona, Raúl Zambrano from Facatativá and Mons. Angelo Cuniberti, apostolic vicar of Florencia.
These were the most faithful of the group, but to know if they were there at the Mass, you have to check the list from that day.
I also know that Paul Gauthier and Marie Thérèse Lescaze, both French but
living in Palestine and leaders of the Fraternity of Jesus the Carpenter in Nazareth and of the Church of the Poor Group at the Council, attended the celebration.
A more public moment of the "Church of the Poor" group occured in the third session, when two documents prepared there, in November 1964, received the support of more than 500 conciliar fathers: Simplicitas et paupertas evangélica (Simplicity and evangelical poverty) and Ut in nostro ministério primus locus pauperum
evangelizationi tribuatur (So that in our [episcopal] ministry, first place is given to the evangelization of the poor).
José Oscar Beozzo
São Paulo, 6/26/2009