DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     April 14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 73

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.

43.   Cardinal Carlo Furno

          Today's featured red-hat, Cardinal Carlo Furno has held down the prestigious office of Grand Master for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem since December 16, 1995. His entire ecclesiastical career has been dedicated to the Vatican diplomatic corps. Born in the Diocese of Ivrea on December 2, 1921 in the village Bairo Canavese, Italy, he enrolled in the seminary and was ordained at the age of 23 on June 25, 1944. After six years of further studies and pastoral work, Pope Pius XII called him to Rome to enroll in diplomatic service for the Holy See in the early fifties where over the next eleven years or so he steadily climbed the ladder of diplomatic protocol working first in Colombia, then Ecuador and then Jerusalem for the Secretariat of State.. In 1966 Pope Paul VI named him to teach at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. On August 1, 1973 he was elevated to the rank of bishop, becoming the titular bishop of Abari. On September 16, 1973 he became Archbishop of Abari as well as assigning him as Nuncio in Peru where he remained until 1978 when he was transferred to the office of Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon, then Brazil in 1982 for the next ten years and finally Apostolic Nuncio to Italy in 1992 until his selection in the November 26, 1994 Consistory of Pope John Paul II as cardinal. He received the rank of cardinal-deacon and was given the titular church of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King.

          Less then a year later he was chosen Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a position he still holds at the age of 78. In 1996 he was selected Pontifical Delegate for the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and had to deal thoroughly and sadly with the terrible Umbrian earthquakes that struck a year later killing some Franciscans and ruining centuries of priceless art and treasures, not to mention terrible damage to structures everywhere, especially the Basilica. In 1998 the Holy Father appointed him Archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome where he still resides.

          Besides his present duties, Cardinal Furno also enjoys Curial membership in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as well as the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City and the Institute for Works of Religion. Though he is experienced diplomatically and curia-wise, his age would deter him from any serious consideration were a papal election be held in the near future.

April 14, 1999       volume 10, no. 73
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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