DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     April 16-18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 75


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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.

44.   Cardinal Edouard Gagnon, P.S.S.

          Though he is not Canada's oldest cardinal, Cardinal Edouard Gagnon is retired but continues as President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congress. He was born in the Diocese of Gaspe, Canada in the town of Port-Daniel on January 15, 1918. After studies at the Major Seminary in Montreal and receiving his bachelors in Theology he was ordained on the Feast of the Assumption in 1940. The first few years of his priesthood were spent in study attaining his doctorate in Theology and Canon Law from the University of Laval in Quebec. In 1945 he was added to the faculty of the Major Seminary and the University of Laval teaching Moral Theology and Canon Law until 1954 when he was appointed Rector of Saint Boniface's Major Seminary until 1960. Between that time and 1966 he was a peritus during the Second Vatican Council. In 1966 he was named Father Provincial of the Sulpecian Order for the Society of Priests of St. Sulpice, an order founded in 1641 in Paris by Father Jean Jacques Olier. His jurisdiction covered all of Canada, Japan and Latin America.

          On February 19, 1969, Pope Paul VI elevated him to bishop, assigning him as Bishop of St. Paul in Alberta where he took over on the Feast of the Annunciation that same year. He resigned this office on May 3, 1972 to take the position in Rome as Rector of the Canadian College there. Here he became involved in curial activities, being selected by the Holy Father as Vice President-Secretary of the Vatican Committee for the Family from 1973 to 1980. On July 7, 1984 Pope John Paul II promoted him to titular Archbishop of Giustiana Prima and made him Pro-President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Two years later the Holy Father honored him by including him in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He received his red-hat and the rank of cardinal deacon and the titular church of St. Elena on the fuori Porta Prenestina.

          In 1985 the Pope appointed him President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, a position he held until 1990. In 1991 He was tabbed as President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, a position he still maintains even at the age of 81. The Holy Father transferred him to the order of cardinal priests on January 29, 1996 receiving the titular church of St. Marcellus. He maintains an address in Rome at Via di Porta Angelica, 31 00193 Rome, Italy.

April 16-18, 1999       volume 10, no. 75


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