DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     August 9, 1999     vol. 10, no. 148


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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.

85.   Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, O.P.

          Cardinal Lucas Moriera Neves, O.P. was born in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil on September 16, 1925 the oldest of ten children. Being the first born he agressively pursued the priesthood, entering the Dominican minor seminary at a young age and being ordained on July 9, 1950 at the age of 25, considered quite youthful for a member of the Order of Preachers. After numerous assignments in various pastoral duties for the Order over a four-year period, he was named editor-in-chief of the Catholic publication Mensagero do Santo Rosario in 1954, followed by the additional assignment of being appointed Head of Religious Education for the Brazilian Episcopal Conference.

          On June 9, 1967 Pope Paul VI named him Titular Bishop of Feradi Maggiore and Auxiliary Bishop of Sao Paolo. He was installed on August 26, 1967. In 1974 the Holy Father summoned him to the Vatican where he was appointed Vice President of the Pontifical Commission for the LaityPope John Paul II made him Archbishop and named him Secretary of the Congregation of Bishops which he held until January 3, 1987 when he was assigned the titular See of Vescovia and made Archbishop of Sao Salvador de Bahia, returning to his homeland. A year later he returned to Rome on the occasion of his being named in the Holy Father's Consistory of June 25, 1998 in which he became a cardinal priest and received the titular church of Sts. Boniface and Alexius.

          It was back to Brazil immediately after his elevation to the cardinalate where he served as Shepherd of the See of Sao Salvador de Bahia until being recalled by the Pope in 1998 when he was made a cardinal-bishop and given the Suburbicarian See of Sabina-Poggio Mireto and was appointed by the Holy Father as the new Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, a position he presently holds at the age of 74. As head of this Curial Office he oversees the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and coordinates ad limina visits for all the bishops of the world as well as coordinating the office of Military Vicars. In addition to his vast responsibilities as Prefect he serves curial membership in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State as well as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic LIfe and the Congregation for Catholic Education plus the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Culture. It would seem Cardinal Moriera Neves will stay put in Rome for quite some time in his new position overseeing the Bishops.

August 9, 1999       volume 10, no. 148


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