DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     May 26, 1999     vol. 10, no. 102


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. 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.

58.   Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas, S.D.B.

          One of Europe's leading writers on ecumenism, Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas was born on February 21, 1921 in Sietamo, Spain in the Dioces of Huesca. At the age of 19 he entered the Salesian seminary and nine years was ordained a priest in the Order of the Salesians of Don Bosco on April 24, 1949. After two years of additional studies, he was assigned to teach Fundamental Theology at the Salesian Pontifical Athenaeum in Turin, Italy where he remaineduntil 1971 when he was promoted to Grand Rector of the Institute there until 1974. Pope Paul VI made him Titular Archbishop of Meta with the personal title of Archbishop on June 29, 1976 and named him as the new Secretary of th Congregation for Catholic Education, thus beginning a career in the Roman Curia.

          He remained in this post until Pope John Paul II included him among the names in the Consistory of June 28, 1988 when he received his red hat and the titular church of St. Mary Liberator along a Monte Testaccio. He was reassigned as Librarian and Archivist of the Holy Roman Church until 1992 when the Holy Father made him Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments, a position he held until 1998 when he resigned his post because of age and Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez was named to replace him as Prefect. During his tenure in the curia, Cardinal Javierre Ortas was very active and involved in the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for the Bishops, the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for the Clergy as well as the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura plus the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts.

          Two years short of his eightieth birthday, Cardinal Javierre Ortas is expected to retire fully then but for now he continues to be partially involved in various curial projects and his writing while residing at Via Rusticucci 13, 00193 in Rome.

May 26, 1999       volume 10, no. 102


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