DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     January 18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 11


      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.

7.   Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araujo

          Cardinal Araujo was born in Minas Novas, Brazil on August 13, 1924 and ordained a priest on March 12, 1949. He taught Canon Law at the provincial seminary of Diamantina in his homeland and was appointed titular bishop of Verniopolis and ausixiary bishop of Belo Horizonte on January 19, 1959. He was elevated to coadjutor Archbishop of the same see in 1982 and coadjutor removed on February 5, 1986 when he became Archbishop. In 1992 he was chosen to serve as co-president of the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate and in the latest Consistory of last February, Pope John Paul II bestowed the red-hat on him, giving him the titular church of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. He remains the Archbishop of Belo Horizonte which is roughly 250 miles north of Rio de Janiero. Cardinal Araujo also enjoys curial membership in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Justice and Peace division. At 75 years-old it is thought that his appointment as cardinal on February 21, 1998 was an honor long over-due but he is not a serious contender for the next Conclave both because of his age and lack of curial experience within the walls of the Vatican.


January 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 11


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