DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     February 5-7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 25


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      This new feature that we introduce today will spotlight each member of the Conclave. 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, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

15.   Cardinal Giovanni Canestri

          This 81 year-old prelate hails from northern Italy in the region of Castelspina in the Piedmont mountain range where he was born on September 30, 1918. Cardinal Giovanni Canestri began his priestly training at the unbelievably young age of eleven. Twelve years later he was ordained in the Diocese of Alessandria on April 12, 1941. He was assigned pastoral work as a parish associate in a Roman suburb of Garbatella and then moved to Pietralata and from there to Appia-Latino. His seminary training prepared him well for his next assignment when Pope John XXIII appointed him Spiritual Director to the Seminarians at Rome's Major Pontifical Seminary. Two years later the Pope elevated him to the episcopal ranks, naming him Bishop of Tortona and assigning him as Auxiliary to the Cardinal Vicar of Rome. On January 7, 1971 Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Tortona and then recalled him Rome on February 8, 1975 when he was given the title of Archbishop and received the title of Titular Archbishop of Monterano and became Vice Regent of Rome which he held until 1984 when he was named Archbishop of Cagliari by Pope John Paul II. His Holiness made Archbishop Canestri Archbishop of Genoa on July 6, 1987 and a cardinal in the Consistory of June 28, 1988, bestowing on him the titular church of St. Andrew of the Valley. On April 20, 1995, six months before his seventy-seventh birthday, he resigned as Archbishop of Genoa.

          Currently he is Archbishop emeritus of Genoa and, though ineligible for the Sacred Conclave because of his age, still holds membership in various Curial Offices including the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

February 5-7, 1999       volume 10, no. 25


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