DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     October 20, 1999     vol. 10, no. 200


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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.

113.   Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini

        The Metropolitan of Turin, Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini was born on December 11, 1924 in Cantu, Italy. At the young age of 14 he had visions of being a priest and enrolled in the seminary in Lombardy in 1938, completing his studies for the priesthood nine years later when he was ordained on May 31, 1947. His bishop assigned him to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute where he received his degree in Sacred Scripture and returned to his bishop in 1952 who appointed him to the faculty of the Venegono Seminary in Milan. For the next fifteen years he became one of the most respected scripture scholars in Italy. He was appointed Vicar of the First Pastoral Region in 1982, receiving responsibility for 180 churches in the Milan area. A year later he was promoted to Pro-Vicar General by Cardinal Carlo Martini, Archbishop of Milan and the following year Pope John Paul II elevated him to the episcopacy on November 10, 1984. A month later on December 7th he was installed as the Titular Bishop of Guadiaba and Auxiliary Bishop of Milan.

        Five years later the Holy Father named him the new Archbishop of Turin on January 31, 1989, becoming the one hundredth Metropolitan in that archdiocese's long illustrious history. Two years following the Vicar of Christ included him in his Consistory of June 28, 1991 bestowing on him the red-hat and the titular church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus a Castro Pretorio. Besides his duties as head of the see of Turin, he serves curial membership in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Congregation for the Clergy. At seventy-five, he is expected to resign his post in the near future, but most likely will remain at the Archbishop's residence at via Arcivescovado 12, 10121 in Torino, Italy.

October 20, 1999       volume 10, no. 200


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