DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     December 10-12, 1999     vol. 10, no. 235


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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.

130.   Cardinal Adolfo Antonio Suarez Rivera

        The current Archbishop of Monterrey, Mexico, Cardinal Adolfo Antonio Suarez Rivera was born in San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas, Mexico on January 9, 1927. After minor and major seminary which concluded in Rome he was ordained at the Latin American Pontifical Pius College Chapel there on March 8, 1952 at the age of 25. Returning to his home diocese, he was assigned various pastoral duties, specifically working with the laity when he was promoted to Diocesan Director of the Catechetical Office in 1965 to implement the reforms of Vatican II. On May 14, 1971 Pope Paul VI made him a bishop and he was installed as Bishop of Tepic on the Solemnity of the Assumption in 1971 where he remained for nine years until Pope John Paul II appointed him the Bishop of Tlalnepantla on May 8, 1980. During this time he also served as an assistant menber of the Congregation of Bishops until 1983.

        As a member of the Pontifical Committee for Latin America he served as a Pontifical Delegate to the Sixth General Synod of Bishops in Rome in September and October 1983 with the theme "Reconciliation and Penance" - something that has been adapted for the Jubilee Year 2000. Following that synod, the Holy Father promoted him to Archbishop of Monterrey on November 8, 1983. Eleven years later he was added to the role of the Sacred Conclave when the Pope elevated him to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 receiving the titular church of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monte Mario in Rome. As shepherd of the Monterrey See for sixteen years this cardinal priest currently serves curial membership in the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. At 72 his flock is enthused that he will lead the mushrooming Archdiocese of Monterrey into the new millennium for he is fondly considered by all Mexican faithful in Monterrey.

December 10-12, 1999       volume 10, no. 235


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