DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     October 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 192

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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    INTRODUCTION
      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.

108.   Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera

        Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera was born in La Purisima, Mexico on June 6, 1942. He entered the seminary at the age of 15, attending minor seminary and then major seminary in Mexico City and was ordained a priest on July 3, 1966 at the age of 24. After further studies and receiving his doctorate in Theology he was assigned to the facultuy of the Major Seminary in Mexico City teaching Dogmatic Theology and then transferred to the Pontifical University of Mexico in Mexico City where he taught Ecclesiology.

        On November 5, 1985 Pope John Paul II named him a bishop, assigning him as the Bishop of Tehuacan where he remained for ten years until the Holy Father elevated him to Archbishop of Mexico City on June 13, 1995. Three years later he was accorded the highest honor for a bishop, receiving the cardinalate in the Pope's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 and the titular church of St. Francis of Assisi at Ripa Grande. At 58 years-old he thus became one of the youngest red-hats with much promise. Through his influence, the Vicar of Christ chose Cardinal Rivera's diocese in which the Shrine of Our Lady of Gaudalupe is situated, to officially close the Synod of the Americas in the Shrine's Basilica this past. He has gained status throughout the Sacred Conclave and great things are expected of this prelate who also serves membership in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pontifical Council for the Family, and Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

October 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 192
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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