DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     October 6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 190


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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.

107.   Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini

        Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini is one of the older Italian prelates, now closer to 94 and in full retirement in Rome. Despite his age, he has only been a cardinal for twenty years. He was born in Casalecchio di Reno, Italy on February 22, 1906 during the third year of Pope Saint Pius X's pontificate. Inspired by the Holy Pontiff, he entered the seminary during high school and was ordained at the age of 23 on May 25, 1929, the same year Pope Pius XI signed a concordat with Benito Mussolini granting the Holy See the autonomy of Vatican City State.

        After ten years of further studies and pastoral work, Father Righi-Lambertini entered the diplomatic corps at the Vatican in service to the Secretariat of State in 1939 as war was breaking out throughout Europe. He remained working in the office inside the Vatican until after the war when in 1949 he was sent to France on diplomatic missions until 1954. In 1955 Costa Rica was the assignment followed shortly thereafter by an assignment to England until 1957 when Pope Pius XII appointed him First Apostolic Delegate to Korea on December 28 where he remained until October 28, 1960, the date Pope John XXIII named him Titular Archbishop of Doclea and transferred him to Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon. He remained in this post until 1963 when he was made Apostolic Nuncio to Chile. In 1967 Pope Paul VI recalled him to Rome to serve as Apostolic Nuncio to Italy until 1969 when he was appointed to the same post for France. It was while in Paris that he also served as special envoy at the Council of Europe from 1974 to 1979.

        He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's first Consistory on June 30, 1979 becoming a cardinal deacon and the titular church of Saint Mary along the Via in Rome. After his retirement from active duty and the College of Cardinals, he was transferred to the order of cardinal priests by the Holy Father on November 26, 1990.

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