DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     October 15-17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 197


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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.

111.   Cardinal Camillo Ruini

        Serving as the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini was born in Sassuolo, Italy on February 19, 1931. After traditional minor and major seminary training for the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 1954 and assigned to various pastoral positions plus teaching appointments at various seminaries in central Italy where he was also named the Episcopal Vicar for the Lay Apostolate as President of the John XXIII Diocesan Cultural Center. On May 16, 1983 Pope John Paul II named him Titular Bishop of Nepte and Auxiliary of his home diocese. He was consecrated on June 29, 1983 - the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

        Three years later, while in the same post, he was appointed Secretary General of the Italian Bishops' Conference, a position he held until the Holy Father promoted him to Archbishop and named him to succeed the retiring Cardinal Ugo Poletti with the title Pro-Vicar General of Rome on January 17, 1991 and later that same year, during the Consistory of June 28, 1991, the Holy Father elevated him to the Sacred Conclave. He received his red-hat along with the titular church of St. Agnes Outside-the-Wall in Rome and officially became Vicar General of Rome on July 1st, responsible for the Diocese of Rome directly under the Pope and pro-Archpriest of the Patriarchal Lateran Archbasilica. A year later the Pope bestowed on him the additional title of Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Lateran University and President of the Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem from 1992 to 1996. He currently serves curial membership in the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Committee for the Grand Jubilee of the Holy Year 2000. Currently 68 years-old, he works and resides out of the Lateran Basilica at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 4, 00184 in Rome.

October 15-17, 1999       volume 10, no. 197


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