DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     February 24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 38


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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.

23.   Cardinal Marco Ce

      His predecessor became Pope John Paul I, but Cardinal Marco Ce has been very comfortable for the past twenty years as Patriarch of Venice. This 74 year-old prelate was born in Izano, Italy on July 8, 1925 and ordained to the priesthood on March 27, 1948 at the age of 23. An avid student of dogmatic theology and Sacred Scripture, he was assigned to teach in his Diocese of Crema at the seminary where he quickly became Vice-Rector and then appointed Rector of Seminary Studies in 1957. He took on the added duties of presiding over the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and expanded his ministry to Italian teens by preaching yourth retreats in Crema. From this experience he became quite active in the Italian Catholic Action to which he was named General Ecclesiastical Assistant, which is basically chief Church advisor, for two years from 1976-1987. Six years before that Pope John Paul II tabbed him to become the titular bishop of Vulturia on April 22, 1970 and a month later on May 17, 1970 he was made Auxiliary Bishop of Bologna assisting Cardinal Antonio Poma. There he remained until he was appointed the new Patriarch of Venice which is akin to the Archbishop of the See of Venice. The Venetian title dates back to medieval times. He succeeded Cardinal Albino Luciani on December 7, 1978 by Pope John Paul II, one of the Holy Father's first appointments after succeeding Pope John Paul I. Six months later in the Consistory of June 30, 1979 John Paul II elevated him to the cardinalate bestowing on him the traditional titular and landmark Venice church of Saint Mark on the Plaza.

      Besides heading the Archdiocese of Venice, he also serves as a Curial member in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Even though he hails from one of the areas known as a "cradle for Popes," he could be considered, but his limited Curial experience and age say he wouldn't be a contender in the event of a papal election. To Venetians that is a good omen for they have come to love and appreciate this man from Izano, considering him as one of their own and they don't want to let go.

February 24, 1999       volume 10, no. 38


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