DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     May 3, 1999     vol. 10, no. 86


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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.

51.   Cardinal Paul Gouyon

          From the rich wine country of Bordeaux, France comes the nearly 89 year-old Archbishop emeritus of Rennes Cardinal Paul Gouyon who was born on October 24, 1910 during the pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X. He became a priest on March 12, 1937 already with a number of degrees in hand from the University of Bordeaux and the Gregorian University in Rome. His bishop saw his potential with youth and appointed him to work with students where he assisted the young for twenty years in pastoral work. On August 6, 1957 Pope Pius XII elevated him to bishop, being consecrated as Bishop of Bayone on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary October 7, 1957. Six years later Pope Paul VI, in one of his first acts after being elected on June 21, 1963, was to promote Bishop Gouyon to Titular Archbishop of Pessinone and coadjutor Archbishop of Rennes on September 5, 1963. A year to the date he became the acting Archbishop of Rennes where he remained for twenty one years before mandatory retirement on October 15, 1985. Paul VI named him a cardinal during his third Consistory on April 28, 1969 where he received his red-hat and the titular church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ along the Via Gallia. He continues to reside at 181 rue Judaique, 22081 in Bordeaux Cedex, France in his retirement.

May 3, 1999       volume 10, no. 86


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