DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     April 5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 66


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      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.

39.   Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo

          Considered the dean of Canon Law, Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo was born on February 5, 1918 just outside of Rome in Segni, Italy. After entering the Diocesan minor seminary near Segni and then major theological studies, he was ordained a priest on March 6, 1943 in Rome. After serving as a pastor in various parishes and achieving his doctorates in Sacred Scripture and also in Canon Law, Pope Paul VI tabbed him as Prelate Auditor of the Roman Rota in 1967, the beginning of a thirty-year curial involvement. During this time he also taught Contract Law at the "Gabriele D'Annunzio" University in Abruzzi. He held the prelate position until December 19, 1971 when the Holy Father elevated him to Archbishop of Chieti-Vasti. During this interval he was also elected Vice President of the Italian Episcopal Conference as well as being selected President of the Italian Caritas organization. He remained head of his archdiocese until July 15, 1984 when he resigned from the See to take the appointment of Pope John Paul II - that of Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life where he served until 1990. It was actually the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes until June 28, 1988 when John Paul changed the titlewhich had originally been founded by Pope Sixtus V on May 27, 1586 as the Congregation for Consultations of Regulars and made the Congregation of Religious by Pope Saint Pius X in 1908.

          His holiness appointed him President of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia on December 29, 1990, a position he held until his retirement last year at the age of 80. Calling upon his expertise in Canon Law, the Holy Father named him President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts in 1991 where he served in carrying out the new Canons passed on June 28, 1988 and the interpretation of of Code of Canon Law of the Oriental Church which was promulgated in 1990.

          Cardinal Fagiolo received the ultimate tribute on November 26, 1994 when he was named in the Holy Father's Consistory. After receiving his red-hat at ceremonies at St. Peter's he was given the church of St. Theodore as a cardinal deacon. He is now retired and no longer eligible to vote in the Sacred Conclave, but many priests, prelates and cardinals still call on him for counsel in respect Canon Law for he is still considered one of Holy Mother Church's greatest experts on the interpretations of the Codes.

April 5, 1999       volume 10, no. 66


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