DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     November 3, 1999     vol. 10, no. 208


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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.

121.   Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Sensi

        Retired since 1987, Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Sensi is one of the oldest living cardinals, presently over 92 who will celebrate on December 21st his seventieth anniversary as a priest. He was born into an influential and devout Catholic family on May 27, 1907 at Consenza in Italy. His parents provided him the tools to be an exceptional servant of the Church, providing an excellent education for him and paving the way for young Giuseppe to study in Rome where he earned degrees in both Theology and Canon Law from the Lateran. He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1929 at only 22.

        Besides various early pastoral assignments, he returned to school at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Accademy. In 1934 Pope Pius XI appointed him Secretary to the Nunciature of Bucharest in Hungary. It was a trying time with the emergence of World War II where he worked in Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. He was transferred to Brussels shortly after the war. In 1947 Pope Pius XII sent him to Prague and eight years later on May 21, 1955 named him titular Archbishop of Sardi while at the same time making him Apostolic Nuncio to Costa Rica. A year later the Holy Father appointed him Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem until 1962 when Pope John XXIII transferred him to Ireland as Nuncio there. In 1967 Pope Paul VI made him Nuncio to Portugal where he remained until 1976. It was in that year that Paul VI named him a cardinal deacon in the Consistory of May 24, 1976. He was transferred to the order of cardinal priest on June 22, 1987 with the titular church of Queen of the Apostles. He will celebrate his seventieth year as a priest next month at Piazza San Calisto, 16 00153 in Rome where he remains close to the Holy See but inactive in his late autumn years.

November 10, 1999       volume 10, no. 213


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