DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 29-31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 20


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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.

12.   Cardinal Corrado Bafile

          The second oldest cardinal in the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Corrado Bafile was born on the fourth of July, 1903 during the pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X in Aquila, Italy. He began practicing law in Rome for six years after graduating from the University of Munich in Bavaria. It was in Rome that he realized he had a vocation to the priesthood and was ordained on April 11, 1936. Three years later he was appointed Vatican secretariat of state by Pope Pius XII after earning his Doctors degree in Canon Law at the Lateran. It was a position he held for twenty years. After becoming a bishop during Pius' reign, Pope John XXIII elevated him to titular Archbishop of Antiochia in Pisidia on March 19, 1960 and made him Apostolic Nuncio to Germany for the next fifteen years. On July 18, 1975 Pope Paul VI named him pro-prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. A year later he was made a cardinal in the Consistory of May 24, 1976 and made cardinal deacon of Santa Maria in Portico. At the same time he was promoted to Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints which he held until All Saints Day in 1980 when he resigned his post due to age. On June 22, 1987 Pope John Paul II transferred him to the order of cardinal priests, recognizing his many years of excellent, dedicated service to the Church.


January 29-31, 1999       volume 10, no. 20


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