DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     December 13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 236


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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.

134.   Cardinal Angel Suquia Goicoechea

        A member of the old-guard of Spain, Cardinal Angel Suquia Goicoechea was born on October 2, 1916 in Zaldivia, Spain in the Diocese of San Sebastian where he entered the seminary in 1929 and continued his major scholasticate studies at the Seminary of Vitoria, followed by special courses in liturgy at the Maria-Laach Institute in Germany before being ordained on July 7, 1940 in Rome. He remained in the eternal city, earning his Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Gregorian University and then returned to his Diocese in Spain where he was assigned to the faculty of the Vitoria Seminary to teach Dogmatic and Moral Theology. In 1955 he was chosen as Rector of the Seminary. During his ten years in this post he also was the Canon Penitentiary of the Cathedral at Vitoria and served as the Vice-President of the Institute of Spirituality at the University of Salamanca.

        On May 17, 1966 Pope Paul VI made him the Bishop of Almeria. He was ordained and installed a month later on June 16th. Three years later the Holy Father appointed him Bishop of Malaga on November 28, 1969. Four years later he was transferred to Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela on April 12, 1983. Here he stayed for a decade until Pope John Paul II promoted him to the Archbishopric of Madrid on April 12, 1983. Two years later the Holy Father included him in his Consistory of May 25, 1985, receiving his red-hat and the titular church of the Great Mother of God. He was assigned curial membership in the Secretariat of State. During his days as archbishop he coordinated spiritual exercises for priests throughout Spain, Europe, the U.S., Mexico and even Cuba. On July 28, 1994 at the age of 78 he formally retired as Archbishop of Madrid, retiring to his home Diocese of San Sebastian where he remains today.

December 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 236


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