February 11-13, 2000
volume 11, no. 30

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    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

157.   Cardinal Paul Zoungrana
        Cardinal Paul Zoungrana, the 82 year-old Archbishop-emeritus of Ouagadougo in Burkina-Faso, Africa was born in the same city when the country was called Upper Volta on September 3, 1917. He was fortunate to have the excellent Catholic education of the White Sisters, a missionary teaching order that inspired a vocation, prompting him to enter the Minor Seminary of Pabre in 1925, then transfer to the first minor seminary in the country opened in 1926 and ten years later transfered to Koumi to finish up his studies, becoming one of the first trio of priests ordained from his country on May 2, 1942. Although a diocesan priest, the influence of the White Sisters caused him to request entrance to the Novitiate of the White Fathers in Algeria and he joined the missionary Order on September 24, 1948. He took his final vows in 1952 in Rome while he was matriculating at the Gregorian University studying Canon Law. This helped him two years later when his superiors assigned him to the faculty of Koumi Seminary, a position he held until April 5, 1960 when Pope John XXIII made him the second Archbishop of Ouagadougou, the country's capital between the Red Volta and White Volta rivers. He was ordained and installed as the second archbishop of this city on May 8, 1960 in St. Peter's Basilica by the Pope himself.

        Five years later John's successor Pope Paul VI named him in his first Consistory of February 22, 1965 bestowing on him the red-hat and the titular church of St. Camillus de Lellis. He thus became the first cardinal ever from Burkina-Faso. He was also deeded curial membership in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.

        After thirty-five years as Archbishop of Ouagadougou, he resigned his post on June 10, 1995 as he was nearing 78 years of age. He retired in his home city of Ouagadougou residing at Archeveche 01 B.P. 1472, Ouagadougou 01, Burkina-Faso. His country was first evangelized by the White Fathers in 1900 and 1901 with the White Sisters following ten years later. Their presence influenced Cardinal Zoungrana greatly. The missionaries' influence has contributed to the Catholic population growing considerably to over one million or ten percent of the total population which is largely pagan and Muslim.


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