DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     March 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 51


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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.

31.   Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi

          Appointed in the most recent Consistory, Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi was born on September 6, 1930 in Vernole, Italy and ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 1953. His local ordinary appointed him as diocesan chaplain to the Teachers' Movement of Catholic Action and from there as Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Office in his see's chancery. Pope Paul VI elevated him to bishop on November 21, 1973, bestowing on him the titular bishopric of Tulana and auxiliary bishop of Oria. On St. Patrick's Day, 1978 the Holy Father promoted him to Bishop of Oria. Three years later Pope John Paul II upgraded him to Archbvishop of Foggia on April 4, 1981 where he remained until being assigned Archbishop of Taranto on October 19, 1987. He resigned that position in 1990 to become General President of Catholic Action in Italy.

          Already a native of southern Italy, having spent all his priestly life in the heal of the boot of Italy, the Vicar of Christ moved him past the toe and farther south when Six years later he made Cardinal de Giorgi the Archbishop of Palermo in Sicily on April 4, 1996, a position he still holds. Shortly after his appointment he was elected President of the Sicilian Episcopal Conference. The Holy Father named him to his most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 where he received his red biretta and the titular church of St. Mary in Ara Caeli. He serves on the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. At 68 years plus and with little curial or international experience he is not considered a front-runner for the next papal election, but that's fine with the Sicilian people who have come to regard Cardinal de Giorgi as one of their own.

March 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 51


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