DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     March 31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 63


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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.

38.   Cardinal Pierre Eyt

          Currently the Archbishop of Bordeaux in France, Cardinal Pierre Eyt is an accomplished writer who has published numerous books including Comment on the Creed released in 1989. He was born on June 3, 1934 in Laruns, France. At the age of twenty he enroled at the diocesan seminary in Bayonne and became a priest on June 29, 1961. He was assigned chaplain of St. Louis of the French in Rome while receiving his Theology doctorate at teh Gregorian Pontifical University. After a time in Rome he was transferred to the Catholic Institute of Toulouse in 1967 where he became a lecturer, then professor, vice-rector and finally Rector of the institution in 1972. During this time he also wrote many papers and books. Eight years later he was appointed President of the Catholic Institutes for Higher Education in France. On June 7, 1986 Pope John Paul II selected him to be Coadjutor Bishop of Bordeaux, a position he officially began on September 28, 1986. A year later he was chosen Special Secretary of the Seventh General Assembly of the Bishops' Synod in Rome, a high profile position that gave notice to many that he was cardinal material. On May 31, 1989 the Holy Father removed "Coadjutor" from his title, making him Archbishop of Bordeaux.

          He was among those selected by the Holy Father in the Consistory of November 26, 1994 when he received his red-hat and the titular church of the Most Holy Trinity on Monte Pincio. As a member of the College of Cardinals he also serves membership on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Catholic Education. At age sixty-five, Cardinal Eyt is the youngest of the five French cardinals and most inexperienced among his colleagues, which is not to say he is a neophyte but rather one who is overshadowed in such elite company as Cardinals Etchegaray, Poupard and Lustiger to name a few.

March 31, 1999       volume 10, no. 63


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