DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     February 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 26


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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.

16.   Cardinal Giuseppe Caprio

          Because of his age, 85, Cardinal Giuseppe Caprio is ineligible for the Sacred Conclave, but few have experienced the communist pressure as this prelate born in Lapio, Italy on November15, 1914. After seminary training he was ordained on December 17, 1938 and, after pastoral work, was called to Rome by Pope Pius XII in 1947 to serve as the Diplomatic Secretary of the Nunciature in China until they were expelled in 1951 by the Chinese government. After being reassigned to Brussels in the diplomatic corps to Belgium he was sent to Saigon to serve in the same capacity to South Vietnam from 1954 to 1956. Three years later he was named internuncio to Taipei, China in Taiwan where he served until 1967. It was on December 17, 1961 on the 23rd anniversary to the priesthood that he was elevated to bishop and ordained titular archbishop of Apoolonia. In 1967 he was named Pro-Nuncio in India, relocating to New Delhi where he served faithfully until being promoted on April 19, 1969 to Secretary to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See back in Rome until June 14, 1977 when Pope Paul VI selected him as the Deputy Secretary of State for the Holy See. It was in Pope John Paul II's first Consistory on June 30, 1979 that he received the coveted red-hat as a cardinal deacon. Two years later he was appointed President of the Office of Prefecture of Economic Affairs of the Holy See, an office he held until 1990 when his cardinalate was transfered to the order cardinal priests. In 1988 he was named Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a position he enjoyed until his retirement from all activities in 1995. Cardinal Caprio has served his Church well and now in his twilight years serves as a retired consultant and spiritual director to younger priests.


February 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 26


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