DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     October 27, 1999     vol. 10, no. 205


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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.

116.   Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez

        The Archbishop of Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez was born in Yahualica, Mexico on March 28, 1933 during the final days of the persecution of the clergy. But that persecution only gave him and his brother the impetus to follow in the footsteps of brave priests and so both studied at the seminary in Guadalajara, Juan entering at the unusually young age of 12 years old. Their family had been very devout and sheltered many priests who were forced into hiding. Their reward would be to have two sons who would become priests. Juan's brother is today a missionary priest in Guadalupe. Juan was ordained on October 27, 1957 in Guadalajara and immediately dispatched to Rome to study at the Gregorian University, obtaining a Masters in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in 1961.

        Returning to his home diocese, he was assigned as spiritual director of the seminarians in Guadalajara. A year later he became the Prefect of Discipline at the Seminary where he remained until August 22, 1980 when he was appointed Recotor of the seminary he had been at for 19 years. Eight years later Pope John Paul II made him the Coadjuotor Bishop of Ciudad Juarez on March 3, 1988 and he was consecrated to the episcopal ranks on April 30, 1988 in the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez. Four years later on July 11, 1992 he was made the Bishop of Ciudad Juarez.

        Two years later the Pope transferred him from Ciudad Juarez to his home see of Guadalajara where the Holy Father made him the new Archbishop of Guadalajara on April 21, 1994. Later that same year His Holiness John Paul II named him in his Consistory of November 26, 1994 elevating him to the cardinalate and bestowing on him the titular church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guadalajara and St. Philip the Marytr on Via Aurelia in Rome. Since then he has served membership in the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic LIfe, the Congregation for Catholic Education, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. Presently sixty-six year-old Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez remains solidly entrenched as the Archbishop of Guadalajara, residing at Arzobispado, Apartado Postal 1-331, Liceo 17, 44100 Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.

October 27, 1999       volume 10, no. 205


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