DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     March 5-7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 45


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      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.

27.   Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio

      As of June 29th this year the Archbishop emeritus of Mexico City Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio will have reached the age of eighty and be ineligible for the College of Cardinals conclave. Born in Tampico, Mexico, he realized his calling to the priesthood in 1932 and enrolled at the Minor Seminary in Puebla at the very tender age of eleven years-old. He was ordained in Rome on October 25, 1942 after completing his Major Seminary studies at the Latin American College and the Gregorian where he received his doctorates in Philosophy and Theology. After receiving his J.D. in Canon Law in 1944 and then a Masters in Church History a year later, he was reassigned to his native homeland where he taught theology, philosophy and history at the minor seminary back in Tampico for five years. On the feast of Saint Joseph in 1953 Pope Pius XII elevated him to bishop, naming him titular bishop of Zapara and auxiliary bishop of Tampico where, three years later on February 25, 1956, he was named Bishop of Tampico, the first native son to assume this lofty position. He remained in this post until July 25, 1967 when he was selected Archbishop of Antequera, a post he served until March 8, 1976 when he was tabbed as Archbishop of Puebla de Los Angeles. He held this this for one year until Pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of Mexico City on July 19, 1977 and declared him Primate of Mexico. Two years later Paul's successor Pope John Paul II honored this primate by naming him in his first Consistory of June 30, 1979 elevating him to the cardinalate and bestowing on him the titular church of Mary Immaculate at Tiburtino.

      Because of age and health, Cardinal Corripio resigned his position as active Archbishop of Mexico's largest archdiocese on the feast of the Archangels in 1994 after fifty-two years of loyal active service to the Church. He had also enjoyed Curial membership in the Congregation for the Clergy, but though his early years were spent in Rome, he left his mark in his beloved homeland of Mexico.

March 5-7, 1999       volume 10, no. 45


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