DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     December 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 243


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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.

138.   Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi

        One of the newer cardinals of the Church Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi was born in Renate Italy on March 14, 1934 and ordained a Diocesan priest on June 28, 1957 in the Diocese of Milan where he was ordained by Archbishop Giovanni Montini who would go on to become Pope Paul VI. Father Tettamanzi was sent back to school where he received his Doctorate in Theology and then Archbishop Montini assigned him to teach fundamental Theology at the major seminary in Lower Venegono. From there he was transferred to teach Pastoral Theology at the Priestly Institute of Mary Immaculate as well as the Lombard Regional Institute of Pastoral Ministry. From there he was appointed Rector of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary in Rome where he remained until the summer of 1989 when Pope John Paul II made him the new Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo and he was ordained and installed on July 1, 1989. He resigned this post in 1991 to become General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

        He held that position until being elected Vice President of the Italian Episcopal Conference in 1995. At the same time the Holy Father named Archbishop Tettamanzi the new Archbishop of Genoa on April 20, 1995. He remains in that post today. One further honor was due him and that came in the Holy Father's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 when he named Archbishop Tettamanzi to the cardinalate, bestowing on him the titular church of Sts. Ambrose and Charles. He was also assigned curial membership in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Catholic Education as well as the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. At 65 he remains strongly involved in the Church and popular with his flock in the northern see of Genoa where he resides at Piazza Matteotti 4, 16123 in Genoa, Italy. Because of his lack of curial and international experience, he is not considered a serious candidate for the next papal election.

December 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 243


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