DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     February 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 31


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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.

19.   Cardinal Guiseppe Casoria

          Cardinal Guiseppe Casoria, now 91, retired in 1993, the same year he was transfered to the order of cardinal-priests. He was born in Acerra, Italy outside of Naples on October 1, 1908 and became a priest on December 21, 1930. The Bishop of Naples could already see great potential in this young lad, assigning him to spend his seminary training at the prestigious Pontifical Theological Faculty in Naples. After being ordained he was spent six years in pastoral work in the diocese before being called to Rome to become a jurist at the Holy See in 1937. His expertise in this field as a Roman Curia official earned him many plaudits during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII and in 1959 with Pope John XXIII as the new Vicar of Christ he was elevated to under-secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments. Ten years later Pope Paul VI promoted him to Secretary for the same congregation. On February 13, 1972 he was ordained titular Bishop of Vescovia with the personal title of Archbishop. In 1973 he was transfered to the same position of Secretary for the Congregation for Causes of Saints which he held until 1981 when Pope John Paul II appointed him Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments. In the Consistory of February 2, 1983 John Paul II welcomed him into the College of Cardinals as a cardinal deacon, receiving the titular church of St. Joseph on Via Trionfale. The Holy Father also named him Prefect of the Congregation he had served so loyally as under-secretary and Secretary for 14 years. Ill health forced him to resign his post two years later.

          Cardinal Casoria served as a peritus, which means "expert," throughout Vatican II because of his expertise as a jurist. Today he is completely retired, living in southern Italy after over fifty years of loyal service inside the Vatican.

February 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 31


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