DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     June 28, 1999     vol. 10, no. 124


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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.

71.   Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, O.F.M.

          Of German descent, Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider was born on October 8, 1924 in Estrela, Brazil in the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre. At only nine he heard the calling and enrolled in the Franciscans' minor seminary in Taquari, Brazil with his parents Joseph and Veronica Lorscheider's blessing. He was ordained a Franciscan priest on August 22, 1948 and assigned as a faculty member of the minor seminary in Taquari teaching Latin, German and Math there. After a few years he was sent to Rome where he earned a degree in Dogmatic Theology at the Antonianum there in 1952. He returned home where he was appointed professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Franciscans' major seminary in Divinopolis. Six years later the Father General recalled him to Rome to teach Dogmatic Theology at the Antonianum and serve as Director of the Franciscan International House of Studies for four years until Pope John XXIII named him a Bishop of Santo Angelo on May 20, 1962. Eleven years later Pope Paul VI elevated him to Archbishop of Fortaleza on March 26, 1973.

          A year after being named President of CELAM for a four year tenure in 1975, Paul VI elevated him to the cardinalate in the consistory of May 24, 1976 where he received the titular church of San Pietro in Montorio. He remained Archbishop of Fortaleza until July 12, 1995 when Pope John Paul II transferred him to the post of Archbishop of Aparecida, a position he still holds today at the age of 75, residing at Curia Metropolitana C.P. 05, Torre da Basilica 48 andar, 12570-000 Aparecida in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil. He serves as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

June 28, 1999       volume 10, no. 124


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