January 14-16, 2000
volume 11, no. 10

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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.

145.   Cardinal Paulos Tzadua

    Cardinal Paulos Tzadua was born on August 25, 1921 in the Eparchy of Asmara in Addifini, Ethiopia. Growing up he was imbued with a vocation to the priesthood and entered the Seminary at Cherer. However when the Italian army ousted Haile Selassie in 1936 forcing the latter to flee to Great Britain, Tzadua was also forced to also flee and finish up his studies outside of Ethiopia. He was ordained on March 12, 1944 after Britain had helped return Selassie to the throne by driving the Italians out of Ethiopia. He resumed pastoral work in his native land until enrolling at the Catholic University of Milan on a scholarship and receiving his degree in Political and Social Sciences as well as Law a year later in 1958.

    On March 1, 1973 Pope Paul IV named him Titular Bishop of Abila di Palestina and Auxiliary Bishop of Addis Ababa on March 1, 1973. He was ordained and installed on May 20th of the same year. Four years later he was promoted to acting Archbishop of Addis Ababa, the country's capital where he has lived through various bloody coups and a famine in 1985 when millions died. That same year Pope John Paul II recognized Archbishop Tzadua as cardinal material, including him in his Consistory of May 25, 1985. He received the titular church of the Most Holy Name of Mary along a Via Latina and became Ethiopia's first cardinal ever. He serves curial membership in the Congregation for Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts. As Ethiopia's only cardinal and archbishop, Cardinal Tzadua oversees 368,000 Catholics in a country of nearly 55 million. Ethiopia has been evangelized since 340 A.D; yet an apostolic delegation was not set up until 1937. Cardinal Tzadua is expected to retire next year when he reaches 80 years and will no longer be eligible for the Sacred Conclave.


January 14-16, 2000
volume 11, no. 10

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