DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     October 22-24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 202


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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.

114.   Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales

        For over 28 years Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales has been the Archbishop of Rio de Janiero one of the largest sees in the world. He was born on November 8, 1920 in Acari, Brazil and attended the minor and major seminary in the Diocese of Caico until November 21, 1943, the day he was ordained a priest for the Diocese. As an associate and soon a pastor he impressed all with his pastoral touch balanced with his administrative expertise. Soon word reached the Vatican and, at the age of 34 he became one of the youngest bishops in the Church when Pope Pius XII named him Titular Bishop of Tibica and Auxiliary Bishop of Natal on June 1, 1954. He was consecrated on the Solemnity of the Assumption two months later.

        Fourteen years later and two Popes later Bishop Sales was promoted to Archbishop of Sao Salvador on October 29, 1968. Less than a year later Pope Paul VI named him in his Consistory of April 28, 1969. He received his red-hat and the titular church of the St. Gregory VII. Two years later the 262nd successor of Peter Paul VI named him the new Archbishop of Rio de Janiero on March 13, 1971 where he has been ever since. That same year he was also appointed the Ordinary for Eastern Rite Catholics in Brazil for those Faiths in union with Rome who had no ordinaries of their own in this sprawling country which is South America's largest. Brazil is a great contrast in cultures from the tribes of the rain forest to modern citizens below skyscrapers, from the most remote missions along tributaries of the Amazon to the slums of Recife, where the poverty is some of the saddest, most disheartening in the world. Yet, to all of these, Cardinal Sales has reached his flock like a loving, caring shepherd.

        Long a champion of the farm worker and those in poverty, he is renowned for his worksocial initiatives to enhance the dignity of the common man for, as Cardinal Sales insists, no one is common with God but rather very special in His eyes. He has worked tirelessly with civic programs such as UNESCO to foster literacy. Beloved by the people of Brazil, Cardinal Sales developed radio religious lessons for those who could not read or write, for those who could not travel, for those who could not get to school. No matter the age, young and old would huddle around the radio listening attentively to all the cardinal imparted for he was akin to being Brazil's Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

        He has extensive experience in curial matters dating back to serving on the Committee for the Apostolate of the Laity while just an Auxiliary Bishop during Vatican II. He currently serves membership in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Oriental Churches, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Clergy, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples plus the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Soon to be 79 years-old he is expected to retire soon and it will be a sad day for all his flock when he finally steps down for he has attained hallowed status in Rio de Janiero and other parts of Brazil as well and is well respected in Rome.

October 22-24, 1999       volume 10, no. 202


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