DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     October 18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 198


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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.

112.   Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani

        Retired for the past eleven years, Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani was the Prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura until 1988. He was born eighty-seven years ago today on October 18, 1912 in Casal Fiumanese, Italy. After studying for the priesthood in his Diocese of Imola, he was ordained on July 26, 1935 at the age of 23. Besides various pastoral duties he returned to school where he received his degree summa cum laude from the Lateran Pontifical University in 1939. From there he was summoned to Rome to work for the Secretariat of State but his parents became ill and he requested to be closer to them by transferring back to the Diocese of Imola. There he remained until 1955 when he returned to Rome as prelate auditor of the Holy Roman Rota.

        Ten years later Pope Paul VI named him Titular Archbishop of Justinian Prima on June 24, 1965 and the Prelate of Loreto - the Holy Family's house near the Adriatic Sea where he was declared Pontifical Delegate for the sanctuary there. In 1971 the Holy Father returned him to Rome to become the Secretary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and Consultor of the Secretariat of State who was Cardinal Augustin Bea at the time. He remained in this position until 1982 when he was named Pro-Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. A year later Pope John Paul II elevated him to the cardinalate during his Consistory of February 2, 1983 where he received the titular church of St. Apollinaris and promoted to Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. At the same time he was given the additional post of Archpriest of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica and President of the Fabric of Peter until resigning in 1991. Today he resides in retirement in Rome at Palazzo del Tribunale, Piazza San Marta in Vatican City.

October 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 198


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