DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     March 12-14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 50


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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.

30.   Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, SJ

      The only cardinal representing Indonesia which includes East Timor, Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, S.J. is very concerned over the increased violence in his homeland over the past year. Born in Muntilan in Central Java, part of Indonesia - on December 20, 1934, he entered the Jesuit seminary on September 7, 1957. This, by the way was the same day this editor entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Minor Seminary in Carthage, Missouri. While this editor realized, after seven years, a vocation to the seminary in preparation for the lay apostolate, Cardinal Darmaatmadja understood his vocation would be pivotal for the Indonesian people. He was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus on December 18, 1969 and was assigned parish work until 1978 when he was appointed Rector of St. Peter Canisius Minor Seminary in Java. He remained there for three years until being elected Provincial of the Jesuits . On February 19, 1983 Pope John Paul II selected him to the episcopacy, naming him Archbishop of Semarang. A year later on June 25, 1984 he was chosen Military Ordinary to govern Catholic members of the Indonesian armed forces. The Holy Father included his name in the Consistory of November 26, 1994 where he received his red-hat in Rome and the titular church of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Two years later the Pope promoted Cardinal Darmaatmadja to the See of Jakarta as Archbishop there, a post he still holds.

      He has completed a term as President of the National Episcopal Conference. While he has had very little Curial experience, he is a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The area he oversees is vast consisting of some 3,000 islands. The Portuguese Jesuit influence has rubbed off greatly on his devotion to the faith in the face of growing persecutions and an overwhelming 90% Muslim population. Out of 125,760,000 people, there are only 500,000 Catholics, yet there is no shortage of priests with over 1,700 ministering throughout the islands. Though he is 65 years-old, most believe he would not be received internationally or have the global scope for papal material and is therefore not considered a serious candidate were an election to be held.

March 12-14, 1999       volume 10, no. 50


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