DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     November 5-7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 210


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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, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

119.   Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M.

        Cardinal Jan Pieter, C.I.C.M. was born in Beveren-Leie, Belgium on April 29, 1928 in the Diocese of Brugge. At the age of 18, after finishing secondary school he entered the seminary of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or the Scheut Missionaries and was ordained on August 3, 1952. His first assignment was to return to school to study Chinese in anticipation of being sent to China as a missionary, but four years later he was assigned to the Congregation's Theological Seminary at Louvain where he was appointed Vice-Rector and taught Canon Law. In 1963 his provincial transferred him to Washington D. C. to become Rector of the Immaculate Heart Mission Seminary there. He was called to Rome in 1967 as the new General Secretary for the Congregation's headquarters in Rome where he remained until 1972 when he was promoted by Pope Paul VI to Secretary for the Pontifical Commission of Justice and Peace and three years later in 1983 the Vice-President of the same curial office.

        On January 6, 1984 Pope John Paul II named him Titular Bishop of Silli and a year later on April 24, 1985 the Holy Father appointed him Secretary General of the Bishops' Synod. Along with this appointment he was elevated to Titular Archbishop of Silli. He has remained Secretary General ever since including other offices such as being made President of the Labor Office of the Holy See which His Holiness appointed him to in 1989. This curial Commission has competence in regard to those who work for the Apostolic See and Cardinal Jan Schotte is charged with settling labor issues. The Holy Father created this office on January 1, 1989 with his motu proprio and affirmed the functions and definitive text of all statues in a follow-up motu proprio on September 30, 1994 when he also announced that during the Pope's Consistory of November 26, 1994 Archbishop Jan Schotte would be elevated to the cardinalate. He received his red-hat and the titular church of St. Julian of the Flemings as a cardinal deacon. Cardinal Schotte also serves curial membership in the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. At 71 he resides near his office in the Vatican at Palazzo del Bramante, Via della Conciliazione, 34, 00193 in Rome.

November 5-7, 1999       volume 10, no. 210


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