DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     April 23-25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 80

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.

50.   Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin

          The Archbishop emeritus of Toledo, Spain is the retired 81 year-old Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin who was born in Villanubila, Spain on January 16, 1918 in the Archdiocese of Vallodolid where twenty-three years later he was ordained a priest after studying at the Seminary in his home town and the Pontifical University of Camiliar where he received his doctorate in Theology. After ordination his first assignments were as professor of Tehology at the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese as well as teaching Medicine and Law at the Spanish State university. He was so popular a professor that he soon found himself traveling around Spain giving talks and retreats, and it was during this time he founded an organization for construction of houses for the poor in Spain quite similar to Habitat in the United States.

          On December 31, 1960 Pope John XXIII named him Bishop of Astorga, a position he assumed on March 5, 1961 and held until being named Titular Archbishop of Case Mediane and Coadjutor of Barcelona on February 21, 1966 by Pope Paul VI. He became Archbishop of Barcelona on January 7, 1967 where he remained until December 3, 1971 when the Pope promoted him to Archbishop of Toledo, an office he held for fourteen years before being forced to retire because of age on June 23, 1995. On March 5, 1973 Pope Paul VI named him in his fourth Consistory for the cardinalate, bestowing on him the red-hat and the titular church of St. Augustine. Cardinal Gonzalez, along with fellow Spanish peer Cardinal Narciso Jubany Arnau are the ranking Spanish prelates and both retired, ineligible for participation in the Sacred Conclave. Cardinal Gonzalez maintains a home at Arco de Palacio 3, 45002 in Toledo today.

April 30 - May 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 85
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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