DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     August 6-8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 147


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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.

84.   Cardinal Dino Monduzzi

          A member of the newest group of Italian cardinals, Cardinal Dino Monduzzi served as the Prefect of the Papal Household for 12 years and was quite close to the Holy Father day-in and day-out. He was born on April 2, 1922 in Brisighella, Italy. At the age of 23 he was ordained to the priesthood on July 22, 1945 immediately after World War II. He was named Director of Catholic Action in Calabria and Sardinia and served in the Agrarian Reform Agency in Fucino before being appointed by Pope John XXIII as Secretary in the Office of the Maestro of Camera, a position he held from 1959 until 1967 when he was made Secretary and Regent of the Apostolic Palace in 1967 by Pope Paul VI. He restructered the office that same year, establishing it as the Prefecture of the Apostolic Palace on August 15, 1967. With the latter's passing in 1978 the new Pontiff Pope John Paul I kept him on as did his successor Pope John Paul II who promoted him to Prefect of the Papal Household in 1986 . A year later the Holy Father ordained him bishop, bestowing on him the titular title of Bishop of Capri on January 7, 1987.

          On June 28, 1988 Pope John Paul II established the office as the Prefecture of the Papal Household, constituting it as an autonomous agency of the Roman Curia. Among Cardinal Monduzzi's duties as Prefect of the Prefecture of the Papal Household was to oversee the papal chapel, arrange papal audiences, prepare non-liturgical elements of papal ceremonies, make arrangements for papal visits and trips outside the Holy See and to settle questions of protocol regarding papal audiences and other formalities.

          He was further honored for his loyalty and service in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 with the cardinalate and the titular church of St. Sebastian on the Palatine. His age necessitated his retirement in 1998 and he was assigned various assignments in the Roman Curia and resigned as Prefect of the Papal Household to be replaced by Bishop James M. Harvey, an young 50 year-old American from Wisconsin. Cardinal Monduzzi, now 77, meantime still enjoys membership in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, still residing inside the Vatican.

August 6-8, 1999       volume 10, no. 147


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