DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 22-24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 15


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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.

9.   Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, OFM

          Born on the Feast of the Holy Cross in 1921, Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns comes from Franciscan stock, having been raised in a large family who taught the ideals of the humble, holy founder Saint Francis. He is one of five in his family who became a Franciscan, a brother who is a Franciscan brother and three sisters who became Franciscan nuns. After training in the Franciscan's seminary, Paulo was ordained on November 30, 1945. He was sent to the Sorbonne in France where he received a degree summa cum laude in the classical languages. In fact, it is believed this expert linguist speaks ten different languages. He held numerous teaching positions before being chosen Vice-Provincial of the Fransciscans in 1961. He also served as editor for the publication Sponsa Christi a monthly review for religious plus overseeing Brazil's publication center for the Franciscans. He was ordained titual bishop of Respetta and named auxiliary Bishop of Sao Paulo on July 3, 1966 by Pope Paul VI and elevated to Archbishop of Sao Paulo on October 22, 1970, an office he recently resigned in April last year because of his age, thus becoming the Archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo. Paul VI bestowed the red-hat on him in the Consistory of March 5, 1973, giving him the titular church of St. Anthony of Padua in Via Tuscolana outside Rome.

          A teacher all his life, he has never shown an interest in Curial affairs and also, because of his age, would not be considered by the Conclave in a papal election. He, along with all of us, is hoping he won't have to cast a ballot in the Sacred Conclave; he is two years from becoming ineligible to vote and that possibility of not voting before then also means Pope John Paul II will still be the Sovereign Pontiff.

January 22-24, 1999       volume 10, no. 15


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