DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY     December 8-9, 1999     vol. 10, no. 233-234
Special Issue for the Solemnity of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


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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.

132.   Cardinal Alfons Stickler, S.D.B.

        One of Europe's oldest prelates, Cardinal Alfons Stickler, S.D.B. was born on August 23, 1910 in Neunkirchen, Austria in the Archdiocese of Vienna. He was the second of twelve children born into a devout Catholic family who sent him to a school taught by the Salesians. Their influence prompted him to enter the Salesian seminary and then the novitiate in Germany in his late teens, making his first vows there on August 15, 1928. From there he enrolled in the Salesians major scholasticate in Rome where he was ordained a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco on March 27, 1937. Three years later he obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law and was assigned a professor at the Salesian University in Turin, Italy. where he remained for over fifteen years before being transferred to the Salesian University in Rome. A year later he was appointed Rector of the University.

        In 1971 Pope Paul VI appointed him Director of the Vatican Library where he oversaw construction of a basement depository to store ancient manuscripts. In this position he also served as an expert at the Second Vatican Council. On November 1, 1983 Pope John Paul II made him Titular Bishop of Bolsena with the personal title of Archbishop. A year later he was made Pro-Librarian and Pro-Archivist as well as being declared a cardinal in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He received the titular church of St. George in Velabo. On May 27, 1985 he became Librarian and Archivist of the Holy Roman Church where he remained until July 1, 1988 when he retired at the age of 78. On January 29, 1996 his status as cardinal deacon was transferred to cardinal priest. He resides in retirement still at Piazza del San Uffizio 11 in Rome.

December 8-9, 1999       volume 10, no. 233-234


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