DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     August 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 143


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. 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, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

82.   Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez

          Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez is Chile's newest cardinal who was born on December 23, 1926 in Santiago, Chile. He was ordained a priest on June 12, 1954 at the age of 28 and assigned various pastoral assignements where he loyally served Holy Mother Church in the Archdiocese for 21 years. On January 5, 1985 he was ordained Archbishop of Valparaiso where he remained for eleven years until Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to appoint him Pro-Prefect of the Congregaton for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a curial Congregation first instituted by Pope Sixtus V in 1488 and added to by Pope Saint Pius X (Discipline of the Sacraments and Congregation for Divine Worship by Pope Paul VI on May 8, 1969 and established in its present form by the latter Pontiff on July 11, 1975 in his Papal Bull Pastor Bonus. Its main purpose is to supervise all areas of promotion and regulation of the liturgy, primarily the Sacraments. Attached to this are special commissions who treat causes for nullity of ordinations and dispensations for priests and deacons.

          Cardinal Medina Estevez was honored last year in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 with the red-hat and elevated to the cardinalate as a cardinal-deacon, receiving the titular church of St. Sabas. At the same time the Holy Father promoted him to Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a post he still holds. In addition, he is quite active in the Roman Curia with membership in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Bishops in addition to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts all of which coorelate with his own Congregation.

          At 73 this Archbishop emeritus of Valparaiso is not considered a serious candidate for the Papacy because of his lack of experience in international affairs and his age but he is ably commanding his Congregation and assisting the Holy Father bring the Church into the new millennium. He resides at the Vatican at 00120 Vatican City State, Europe.

August 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 143


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