DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     January 27, 1999     vol. 10, no. 18


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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.

11.   Cardinal Paolo Bertoli

          Ninety-one year-old Cardinal Paolo Bertoli is one of many aging Italian cardinals who have served Holy Mother Church well but the sands of time are running out on their lives. There are an alarming number of retired prelates from Italy that does not bode well for support of the next pontiff being an Italian. Of the thirty some cardinals, the median age is 83. Needless to say, eighty is the age when a cardinal is ineligible to vote in the Sacred Conclave.

          Cardinal Bertoli was born in Poggio Garfagnana, Italy on February 1, 1908 and was ordained a priest on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1930. He was groomed for the curia from the very start, being assigned by Pope Pius XI to diplomatic service for the Holy See. His first full-time assignment was as Papal Nunciature to Yugoslavia, stationed in Belgrade. In 1938 he became Papal Nunciature to France, moving to Paris during World War II, then being assigned in the same role to Haiti and Switzerland respectively. On May 11, 1952 he was made titular Archbishop of Nicomedia and promoted to Apostolic Delegate to Turkey for a year, then Papal Nuncio to Colombia for six years, one year in Lebanon and back to France for nine more years before receiving the red-hat at Pope Paul VI's Consistory of April 28, 1969. At that time he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in which he served faithfully until 1972. On June 30, 1979 he was named a cardinal bishop receiving the titular bishopric of Frascati. It was at this time Pope John Paul II promoted him to Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, a position he served without incidence - except for some fears on May 13,1981 when the Holy Father was shot in St. Peter's Square - until his retirement in 1985.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: In an effort to list the cardinals alphabetically we skipped one of Cardinal Bertoli's Italian peers on Monday - Cardinal Corrado Bafile. Therefore, we will feature him in Friday's issue, before covering Philadelphia's Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua the following Monday.

January 27, 1999       volume 10, no. 18


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