DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     June 30, 1999     vol. 10, no. 126


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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.

72.   Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy

          Born in Kalleri, India on February 5, 1924, Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy was ordained a priest at the age of 27 in his Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, India. He was dispatched by his Archbishop to Rome to study the sciences and to receive his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Urban University five years after his ordination. Returning to his archdiocese, he was reassigned to the position as the Diocese's Chancellor and Secretary to the Archbishop. He also was appointed editor of the Catholic weekly in the Arhdiocese Sava Yaby which was published in the Tamil dialect. During this time he also served as Director of the Catholic Doctors' Guild and President of the University Students' Union.

          On July 2, 1962 Pope John XXIII named him bishop, appointing him Titular Bishop of Sozusa and Auxiliary Bishop of Bangalore to which he was installed on August 22, 1962. After two years he was named Titular Archbishop of Filippi and Coadjutor Archbishop of Bangalore by John's successor Pope Paul VI on November 9, 1964. Four years later he became permanent Archbishop of Bangalore on January 11, 1968 where he remained until 1971 when he was named Associate Secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples relocating to Rome. In 1973 he was was appointed Secretary until 1985 when Pope John Paul II, in his Consistory of May 25, 1985, he was elevated to the cardinalate as a cardinal deacon receiving titular church of St. Mary of Grace. He was transferred to the order of Cardinal priests on January 29, 1996. Shortly after receiving his red-hat, the Holy Father promoted him to the position of Prefect for the Congregation for Oriental Churches a post he held until 1991.

          During this past decade he as served membership on numerous curia congregations and councils including the Apostolic Signatura Tribunal, the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, plus the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts as well as the Pontifical Commission for International Eucharistic Congresses. Currently 75 years-old, Cardinal Lourdusamy has resided in Rome since he was fifty. His address is presently at Via del Corridori 64 00193 in Rome.

June 30, 1999       volume 10, no. 126


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