DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     January 6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 3

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    INTRODUCTION
      This new feature that we introduce today will spotlight each member of the Conclave. 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, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

2.    Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic

         Born in Gabrje, Slovenia on January 27, 1930, he emigrated to Austria in 1945 and then on to Canada in 1948 where he attended the seminary and was ordained a priest on June 4, 1955. Five years later he became a member of the faculty of St. Augustine's Seminary where he taught Sacred Scripture for seven years before moving on to Toronto's School of Theology teaching New Testament exegesis. He was ordained a bishop on March 26, 1976 and became co-adjutor of the Toronto Archdiocese on May 22, 1986. Four years later Pope John Paul II approved of his becoming Archbishop which he officially became on the feast of Saint Patrick in 1990.

          He became one of the newest of the Sacred College when the Holy Father elevated him to the rank of Prince of the Church, bestowing on him the red hat at ceremonies last year in St. Peter's Basilica when the Pope created twenty-one new cardinals on February 21, 1998. Cardinal Ambrozic is currently the Archbishop of Toronto and a member of the Curia on the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People as well as the Congregation for the Clergy. This sixty-nine year-old prelate's titular church is Saints Marcellinus and Peter.


January 6, 1999       volume 10, no. 3
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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