DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     June 11-13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 113


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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.

64.   Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J.

          At 88, Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J. is no spring chicken but, even though retired, is still a missionary at heart. Born in Huta Komorowska in southern Poland on April 1. 1911 before World War I, he has experienced the horrors of numerous wars including two years after being ordained a Jesuit priest on June 24, 1937. He, along with twenty-four of his fellow priests, quite possibly one of them being Saint Maximilian Kolbe, were arrested by the Nazi Gestapo in Krakow on November 10, 1939 after Hitler had invaded his homeland and sent to Auschwitz. There, through the grace of God, he escaped death and was transferred to Dachau a year later, another house of horrors operated by the infamous Third Reich where he remained until the end of the war when the prisoners were liberated. Upon his release his Order sent him to Rhodesia as a missionary to teach. In 1950, Pope Pius XII made him Apostolic Administrator of the Prefecture of Lusaka. Five years later the Pope named him Bishop and Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka on September 11, 1955. Four years after that, his successor Pope John XXIII elevated him to Archibishop of Lusaka. Ten years after assuming this post, he resigned in 1969 to allow a native African bishop to assume the bishopric or the sake of the people of Zambia. The following year Pope Paul VI appointed him to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

          A missionary for over 50 years in Zambia, Africa, Cardinal Kozlowieki was granted the greatest honor last year when fellow Polish prelate Karol Wojtoyla, now Pope John Paul II, named him in the Consistory of February 21, 1998 granting him the titular church of St. Andrew's on the Quirinal. He became the oldest of the newest cardinals and, despite his age, expressed a yearning to return to his people in Africa where he resides today in Ridgeway, Zambia greatly loved by the faithful there.

June 11-13, 1999       volume 10, no. 113


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