DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     June 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 106


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. 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.

60.   Cardinal Stephen Sou Hwan Kim

          Born in Tae Gu, in South Korea on May 8, 1922, Cardinal Kim matriculated through the seminary, interning in pastoral work and moonlighting as the Archbishop's secretary as a deacon. He was ordained a priest of his diocese on September 15, 1951 and almost immediately dispatched across the Sea of Japan in Tokyo where he received his masters in Philosophy from the Sophia University there, then returned to Tae Gu to become editor of the Diocesan publication Catholic Shilbo until 1956 when he was sent to Germany to study social sciences in Munster until 1964 when he returned to his native South Korea. Two years later Pope Paul VI honored him with the title of Bishop of Masan, naming him on February 15,1966. He was installed on the Feast of the Visitation later that year. Two years later Paul VI named him Archbishop of Seoul on April 9, 1968 and he was installed on April 28, 1968.

          Exactly one year later an even greater honor was afforded the then 47 year-old Korean Archbishop when he was included in the Consistory of April 28, 1969, becoming the youngest member of the Sacred Conclave. He received his red-hat and the titular church of St. Felix of Cantalice in Centocelle. Returning to Seoul he initiated various programs that would enhance the curriculum of the Korean seminaries as well as catechetical courses. After nearly thirty years as Archbishop of Seoul, the mandatory retirement age prompted him to retire but he still resides at the Archbishop's House at 2Ka-1 Myong Dong, Jung Ku, Seoul 100-022, Korea. Cardinal Kim serves Curia membership with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Besides being the Archbishop emeritus of Seoul he is also the Apostolic Administrator emeritus of Pyong Yang in North Korea.

June 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 106


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