DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     October 11, 1999     vol. 10, no. 193

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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    INTRODUCTION
      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.

109.   Cardinal Opilio Rossi

        Cardinal Opilio Rossi's circumstances are unusual in that he was born a United States citizen in New York City on May 14, 1910 to Italian immigrant parents. This enabled him to learn fluent Italian as well as English which he used well when he enrolled in the minor seminary in Italy and became an Italian citizen then completed university studies at Collegio Alberoni in Piacenza. From there it was on to Rome where he earned a degree in Canon Law. On March 11, 1933 he was ordained for the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio and assigned to various additional studies in Rome, completing his work at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1937 and then summoned to work in the Office of the Secretariat of State during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI. A year later he was dispatched to Brussels as Secretary to the Nunciature there and from 1940 to 1945 had the sensitive, scary and unenviable task of walking a tightrope in Berlin for the diplomatic corps. He played a key role in the reconstruction era in Germany and the Netherlands after the war and in 1953 Pope Pius XII named him Nuncio to Ecuador after he had been made Titular Archbishop of Ancyra on November 21, 1953 and consecrated on December 27th of the same year. Six years later he was appointed Nuncio to Chile by Pope John XXIII and in 1961 transfered to Vienna in Austria in the same post.

        He remained in Austria for fifteen years until May 24, 1976 when Pope Paul VI elevated him to the Sacred Conclave at the age of 66 and made a cardinal deacon during the Pope's Consistory that year, receiving the titular church of St. Lawrence in Lucina and named President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses where he remained until his seventy-sixth birthday in 1990 when he requested to step down. A year after he had become President of the above committee, he was also named President of the Commission for the Sanctuaries of Pompeii, Loreto, and Bari in Italy. He served here from 1984 until 1993 when, at the age of 83, he resigned all duties to completely retire, now, at the age of 89, residing at Via della Scrofa, 70 00186 in Rome. On June 22, 1987 the Holy Father transferred Cardinal Rossi from cardinal deacon to cardinal priest.

October 11, 1999       volume 10, no. 193
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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