DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     August 11, 1999     vol. 10, no. 150


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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.

86.   Cardinal Virgilio Noe

          Cardinal Virgilio Noe is the Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and Vicar General of the Vatican City State and President of the Fabric of St. Peter. He was born on March 30, 1922 in the Diocese of Pavia in the village of Zelata d'Bereguardo. At the unusual age of 22 he was ordained on October 1, 1944 and after twenty years of pastoral duties in his Diocese, he was summoned to the Vatican by Pope John XXIII in 1964 and appointed Secretary of the Center for Liturgical Action. Five years later on May 7, 1969 Pope Paul VI made him Under-Secretary of the new Congregation for Divine Worship. In this position his new duties were to assist the bishops and priests in implementing the liturgical norms of Vatican II. In January 1970 the Pope elevated him to Secretary for the same Congregation, a position he would hold for twelve years until Pope John Paul II ordained him Archbishop on March 6, 1982 receiving the Titular See of Voncario and appointed him permanent Master of Pontifical Ceremonies overseeing ceremonies in the Papal Chapel, a duty he had overseen in a temporary basis for many years.

          In 1989 the Holy Father made him Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and on January 14, 1991 the Vicar General of Vatican City State as well as the President of the Fabric of St. Peter, as the Archpriest of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica with the responsibility of the administration, care and preservation of St. Peter's. He was elevated to the cardinalate that same year in the Consistory of June 28, 1991 in which he received the titular church of St. John Bosco in Via Tuscolana as a cardinal-deacon. In addition to his duties as Vicar General and Archpriest, he serves curial membership in the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in addition to his active input in the Committee for the Grand Jubilee of the Holy Year 2000. This latter committee is of utmost importance to Cardinal Noe for he is overseeing all the renovations and complete face-lift of the exterior of St. Peter's which should be completed within a few months.

August 11, 1999       volume 10, no. 150


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