January 17, 2000
volume 11, no. 11

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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.

146.   Cardinal Corrado Ursi

    The last of the Italian cardinals we cover alphabetically is 91 year-old Cardinal Corrado Ursi who is also one of the oldest red-hats. He was born on July 26, 1908 in Andria, Italy during the early years of the pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X. During the First World War, he discerned a vocation to the priesthood and entered the minor seminary in Andria, then completed his major seminary training at the Pontifical Regional Seminary in Molfetta becoming a priest on July 25, 1931 at the age of 23. He was assigned to the faculty of his alma mater Molfetta seminary and shortly thereafter was appointed Vice-Rector of the major Pontifical seminary. Several years later he was promoted to Rector, a post he held until 1951 when Pope Pius XII named him Bishop of Nardo. His success record at the regional seminary was phenomenal, being responsible for the fulfillment of the ordination of 400 of his students over two decades. The Holy Father ordained him and installed Bishop Ursi himself on September 30, 1951. After ten years in this post, Pope John XXIII promoted him to Archbishop of Acerenza on November 30, 1961. Five years later, Pope Paul VI made him the Archbishop of Naples on May 23, 1966.

    A year after that Paul VI named Archbishop Ursi on June 26, 1967, his second Consistory, bestowing on him the titular church of St. Callistus. He gained his fame as shepherd in Naples, setting as one of his main goals to assist the poor, homeless and downtrodden. Often he would leave his quarters, don a regular black cassock, and venture into the streets to be and comfort the poor, the abandoned children of the streets, and those who had so little hope. During his twenty years as head of the See of Naples he brought hope to so many. A month shy of his twentieth anniversary in Naples, he resigned his position as Archbishop of Naples because of age, living in retirement to this day at Via Capodimonte 13 in Naples.


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