DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 15-17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 10


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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.

6.   Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu

          At 87 years-old, Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu is in the twilight of his life, well over the eighty-year-old eligibility rule for the Conclave. The retired Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he was born in Reduccion, Argentina on February 11, 1912. After seminary training at Cordoba, he was ordained at the Vatican on October 28, 1934 by Pope Pius XI and then continued his studies in Rome, receiving his degree in Canon Law and Moral Theology. Upon graduation cum laude he was assigned back to Argentina where he was selected Vice-Rector of the seminary where he taught. While in this position he also was appointed a faculty member of Argentina's national university, teaching literature and philosophy. On the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1946 Pope Pius XII elevated him to the ranks of bishop, assigning him as titular Bishop of Palteaand on December 15th of that same year auxiliary bishop of Tucuman, Argentina. On June 14, 1967 Pope Paul VI named him titular Archbishop of Torri de Bizacena as well as coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Eight years later Pope John Paul II made him Archbishop of Buenos Aires on April 22, 1975 a position he held until his 80th birthday dictated that he retire on July 10, 1990. He remains, to this day the Archbishop emeritus of Buenos Aires.

          He became a cardinal during Paul VI's Consistory of May 24, 1976 when the Pope, in his fifth Consistory, bestowed the red-hat on Cardinal Aramburu. He was greatly involved with the charitable works to the Church in the aftermath of the legendary Eva Peron and had his ups and downs in working with the government of Argentina during the late stages of the Juan Peron regime and the various administrations that came and went during his time as shepherd of the vast flock of Argentina's largest city.

January 15-17, 1999       volume 10, no. 10


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