DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 5


      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.

3.   Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini

          One of the oldest of the cardinals, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini is 82 years-old and has exceeded the age limit for being eligible to participate in a papal election. Nevertheless, we are bringing you all of the Princes of the Church and Angelini has a distinguished past. Despite his age, he is one of Pope John Paul II's selections, having received his red-hat at the Consistory of June 28, 1991. He is is now retired after faithfully creating and serving as the President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers from 1989 through 1996. He gained this office for his exemplary pastoral experience with hospital chaplains as head of the Rome Vicariate's section for the apostolate to health care workers. In 1956 he began his life-long work in the field of medical health by providing spiritual direction and assistance to Roman clinics and hospitals, founding the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors in 1959. His work has been greatly commended and we only wish there was such devotion to health and the concern for both body and soul in the United States as Cardinal Angelini promotes.

          Cardinal Angelini has spent nearly his entire life in Rome where he was born on August 1, 1916 in the midst of World War I. On the eve of World War II on February 3, 1940 he became a priest. Early in his ministry he saw a need to assist the impoverished and sick, organizing the Secretariat for People's Assistance which provided aid to downtrodden Italians. At the end of the war he was appointed the national ecclesiastical assistant for Catholic Action in Italy in 1945, a position he held until 1959. Seven years after his ordination to the priesthood he was made Master of Pontifical Ceremonies during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. On July 26, 1956 Pius XII made him a bishop, assigning him as Titular Bishop of Messene. In 1985 he was elevated to Archbishop and four years later the curial agency for health care workers was established. His dedication to helping heal the soul and the body is greatly admired and his only ambition has always been the care of man's human dignity and wellness.

January 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 5


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