DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     February 19-21, 1999     vol. 10, no. 35


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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.

21.   Cardinal Rosalio Jose Lara Castillo, S.D.B.

          This 77 year-old Venezuelan prelate was born in San Casmiro, Venezuela on September 4, 1922 and ordained a priest in the Salesian Order exactly 27 years later by the head of the Archdiocese of Caracas Archbishop Castillo Hernandez who happened to be his uncle. Within a year he was shipped off to Turin, Italy by his Order to study Canon Law at the Salesian University there, becoming a faculty member four years later. In 1957 he was transfered to the Salesian institute in Rome where he continued teaching Canon Law for the next eight years. Pope Paul VI elevated him to Bishop on May 24, 1973, giving him the titular bishopric of Precausa and assigning him coadjutor Bishop of Trujillo. Nine years later he became Archbishop. In 1984 Pope John Paul II selected him as Pro-President of the Pontifical Commission for Revision of Code of Canon Law, a post he served for two years in which he oversaw the implementation and understanding of the revised Code of Canon Law released on January 28, 1983.

          He was named cardinal-deacon at the May 25, 1985 Consistory and given the titular church of Our Lady of Coromoto. In 1989 he rejoined the Curia as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See until 1995. The Pope added to his menu in 1990 by appointing him President of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City State, a position he held until retiring in 1997. A year before his retirement at 75 his status was transfered to that of a cardinal priest on January 26, 1996. He continues to assist with memberships in various Curia offices including the second section of the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He also serves as a member in the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and the Commission for the Institute for Works of Religion, which includes being on the Cardinals' Supervisory Commission for the Vatican Bank. He remains one of the ranking Salesians of his Order.

February 19-21, 1999       volume 10, no. 35


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