DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     October 25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 203


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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.

115.   Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez

        The Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez, now 79, is nearing retirement from the Sacred Conclave. He was born on March 17, 1920 in Pandan in the Philippines in the Diocese of Virac. After seminary training he was ordained a priest on May 12, 1946 and assigned to various pastoral duties in the islands before Pope Paul VI named him a Titular Bishop of Lesvi and Coadjutor Bishop of Lucena in the Philippines on February 12, 1968. He was consecrated a bishop three months later on May 12, 1968. He remained there until September 25, 1976 when he became Bishop of Lucena. During that time he served in the Administrative Council of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines and was elected President of that body's commission for the Apostolate of the Laity. Six years later Pope John Paul II promoted him to Archbishop of Nueva Segovia on January 12, 1982 where he served until resigning his bishopric on March 22, 1986 to concentrate full time on the position he was awarded in 1985 by the Holy Father - that of Secretary for the Congregation of Peoples.

        He remained Secretary until he was named in the Holy Father's Consistory of June 28, 1991 where he was made a cardinal, receiving the titular church of St. Pius V a a Villa Carpegna and named the new President of the Commission for Preservation of Artistic and Historic Patrimony of the Holy See which he held for two years. In addition His Holiness elevated Cardinal Sanchez to the position of Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy where he served until June 15, 1996 when he retired from that Curial responsibility because of age. He also served curial membership in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State, the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts, the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. Despite the fact he has resigned, he remains in Rome at Vatican City.

October 25, 1999       volume 10, no. 203


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