DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     March 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 46


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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.

28.   Cardinal Brendan Cahal Daly

      Ireland's only Cardinal is retired. Born at Loughguile in Northern Ireland on October 1, 1917 before it was the feast of Saint Therese the Little Flower, who would not become a saint for another eight years, Cardinal Brendan Cahal Daly was the third of seven boys and girls in his family. After college he sensed a vocation to the priesthood and entered the National Seminary at St. Patrick College where he earned varying doctorates in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained a priest at the age of 24 on June 22, 1941 and assigned to teach in the universities and seminaries of Ireland for the next thirty years, publishing numerous books and writings on how to achieve peace in Northern Ireland and condemning violence of any kind, something that has hopefully finally come to fruition with last April's Good Friday Concordance signed by both Catholic factions and Protestant sects. During his time of teaching he also took part in the Second Vatican Council as theological adviser to the Irish hierarchy.

      On May 26, 1967 Pope Paul VI named him Bishop of Armagh and he was ordained July 16th of the same year. On August 24, 1982 Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Down and Conner Dioceses, a position he held until November 6, 1990 when he was elevated to Archbishop of Armagh and named primate of All Ireland. At the age of 74 he was honored with the cardinalate in the Consistory of June 28, 1991 receiving the titular church of St. Patrick. He resigned his position as head of the archdiocese of Armagh on his 79th birthday in 1996 becoming Archbishop emeritus of Armagh. He still holds curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for the Clergy as well as the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity which, since 1974, he has enthusiastically been a part of in trying to unite Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland for a united Ireland.

March 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 46


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