DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     December 3-5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 230

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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    INTRODUCTION
      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.

130.   Cardinal James Francis Stafford

        Born on July 26, 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland where Cardinal John Carroll nurtured the Faith in the early years of our country's formation, Cardinal James Francis Stafford would follow in His Eminence's footsteps in achieving the cardinalate at a relatively young age and inspiring the laity. He attended minor and major seminary in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and finished up his major scholastic studies in Rome where he was ordained by today's 9th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Pope Pius XII on December 15, 1957. After more studies where he received his Theology Degree, he returned to Baltimore. Little did Father Stafford realize he would return permanently nearly forty years later. After several years of pastoral work in and around the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he was made Titular Bishop of Respetta and Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore on February 29, 1976 by Pope Paul VI. Six years later Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Memphis on November 17, 1982 where he remained for four years until the Holy Father promoted him to Archbishop of Denver on June 3, 1986, being installed nearly two months later on July 30, 1986.

        As Denver's shepherd for ten years he coordinated the highly successful World Youth Days and Papal Visit during August 1993, indicating to the Sovereign Pontiff the tremendous potential and grasp of the laity necessary to head the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The Pope remembered and appointed him directly to that post as President on August 20, 1996 and then surprised many Church prognosticators by including him in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 for the cardinalate. He received the titular church of the Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd at Montagnola. For a more detailed profile on Cardinal Stafford, see 27th selection of the TOP CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY.

December 3-5, 1999       volume 10, no. 230
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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