DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     November 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 216


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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.

123.   Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J.

        With the very sensitive and time-bomb ticking situation in China and the tenuous position of Taiwan, Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J. is walking a fine line but he is determined to continue allegiance to Rome along with his flock. Beijing is trying to muscle Taiwan out in regards establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican and the Holy See can ill afford to turn their back on this island so valiantly defended by Chiang Kai-shek. The same thing happened in 1971 when the UN admitted Communist China and consequently expelled Taiwan with the United State's approval. Pope John Paul II would never turn his back on Taiwan and that is the main hangup on the impasse between the Holy See and Beijing in which the Vatican rightfully will not compromise.

        Cardinal Kuo-hsi was born on the mainland in Puyang, China on December 2, 1923 and entered the Jesuit Seminary after World War II. He was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus on March 18, 1955 and was assigned various duties with the Jesuits including becoming Director of the Chinese section of the Jesuits' Sacred Heart School on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. From there he became Socius of the Novice Master at the Jesuit Novitiate in Thu-duc, Vietnam and then promoted to Novice Master and Rector of manresa House in Changhua in west central Taiwan. He was promoted by his superiors to St. Ignatius High School in Taipei where he became Rector, remainin ghtere until November 15, 1979 when His Holiness John Paul II made him Bishop of Hualien on the far eastern side of the island on the Pacific Coast.

        Upon his selection to the Sacred Conclave during the Holy Father's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 he received the titular church of St. Chrysogonus and was appointed Bishop of Kaohsiung on the South China Sea coast in southwestern Taiwan where he remains today. At the same time he was assigned curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.. He resides at the Bishop's House in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at 125 Szu-wei 3rd Road 80203. At 76 it is expected he will most likely retire here when he feels it is necessary.

November 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 216


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