DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     September 15, 1998     vol. 9, no. 180

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          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal Alois Grillmeier, a German Jesuit theologian, died on Saturday at the age of 88.

          In a telegram of condolence addressed to Cardinal Friedrich Wetter of Munich, Pope John Paul described the late Cardinal Grillmeier as a "great man of the Church and a great theologian."

          Born in 1910, Cardinal Grillmeier had entered the Society of Jesus in 1929 and was ordained a priest in 1937. After years of teaching theology in Germany, he was a peritus during the Second Vatican Council-- where he worked on the conciliar theological commission, alongside the Polish Archbishop Karol Wojtyla-- who in 1994, having becoming Pope John Paul II, raised him to the College of Cardinals.

          With the death of the German cardinal, the College now numbers 157 members, of whom 118 are eligible to participate in a papal election. Of the entire College, 128-- and 103 of the eligible voters-- have received their red hats from Pope John Paul II. Before the end of September, three Italian cardinals will reach the age of 80 and become ineligible to vote in a conclave.

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September 15, 1998       volume 9, no. 180


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