DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     November 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 211


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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.

120.   Cardinal Henri Schwery

        Cardinal Henri Schwery, the former Bishop of Sion, was born in Saint-Leonard, Switzerland on June 14, 1932. Coming from an unusually large Catholic family, he was the youngest and his parents and siblings watched over him and instilled in him a vocation to the priesthood. The family realized this goal when he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Sion on July 7, 1957. After more studies and some pastoral work he was assigned in 1958 to teach in the Diocese while also becoming the Diocesan Chaplain for the Catholic Student Movement in Switzerland, abbreviated JEC/JECF where he remained until 1966 when he became Rector of the College in Sion after several years as director of the minor seminary in Sion. He was also appointed in 1958 a military chaplain, a position he maintained until July 22, 1977 when Pope Paul VI made him a bishop and he was installed as the Bishop of Sion, his home diocese on September 17, 1977.

        He served as the Bishop of Sion from then until April 1, 1995 when he officially retired because of health. He was twice was elected President of the Episcopal Conference of Swiss Bishops and served membership in the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1978 through 1983. Finaly, at the age of 59 Pope John Paul II named him in the Consistory of June 28, 1991 when he received his red-hat and the titular church of the Protomartyrs on via Aurelia Antica. He still enjoys membership in the curial offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Today, he rests still in his home diocese of Sion at C.P. 2334 rue Mathieu-Schiner 5, CH-1950 Sion 2 in Switzerland.

November 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 211


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