DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     April 12, 1999     vol. 10, no. 71

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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    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.

42.   Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno

          With the death Friday of 91 year-old Cardinal Raul Henriquez Silva in Santiago, 85 year-old Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno became the oldest Chilean prelate. Not only that but both Silva and Fresno have the distinction of being Archbishop emeriti of Santiago, capital of Chile. Cardinal Fresno succeeded Cardinal Silva in 1983. The latter was one of the few left elevated to the cardinalate during the pontificate of Pope John XXIII.

          Cardinal Fresno was born in Santiago, Chile on July 26, 1914 the fourth of five children. After minor seminary studies in the Archdiocesan seminary in Santiago and receiving his degree in Canon Law via major seminary studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, he became a priest at the age of 23 on December 18, 1937. His first assignment was as Spiritual Director and Vice Rector of the Santiago Archdiocesan minor seminary. On June 15, 1958 Pope Pius XII, in one of his final acts as Sovereign Pontiff, named him Bishop of Copiapo. After Pius' death, John XXIII recruited him to participate in Vatican II. During this time he became President of the Vocations Department for the Latin American Episcopal Conference as well as President of the Episcopal Committee for the Latin American Pius College in Rome. From Rome, John XXIII's successor Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of La Serena on July 28, 1967 where he remained until May 3, 1983 when Pope John Paul II named him to replace the retiring Cardinal Silva as Archbishop of Santiago.

          Two years later the Holy Father included him among those receiving the coveted red-hat in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He received the titular church of St. Mary Immaculate of Lourdes at a Boccea. On March 30, 1990, because of the mandatory retirement age of 75, retired as Archbishop of Santiago, being replaced by Archbishop Carlos Cavada Oviedo who himself was elevated to the cardinalate during the November 26, 1994 Consistory. Until Friday Chile's three cardinals had been Archbishop of Santiago and were still alive. Because of his age, Cardinal Fresno is ineligible to participate in the Sacred Conclave, leaving only Cardinal Oviedo as Chile's current representative.

April 12, 1999       volume 10, no. 71
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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