DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     September 3-5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 167


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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.

93.   Cardinal Antony Padiyara

          India's Cardinal Antony Padiyara was born into the Syro-Malabar rite on February 11, 1921 in the village Manimala, India. The Syro-Malabar rite dates back to the Apostle Saint Thomas who brought the faith to India and Ceylon. Through the influence of the missionary priests in his village he entered the Regional Seminary of St. Peter in Bangalore and left the Syro-Malabar rite behind in favor of the Latin rite which he was ordained into on December 19, 1945 in the Diocese of Coimbatore. Ten years later Pope Pius XII made him the first bishop of the Diocese of Ootacamund on July 3, 1955 and he was installed on October 15, 1955. He remained there for fifteen years until June 14, 1970 when Pope Paul VI accepted his request to return to his roots of the Syro-Malabar rite and he was made Archbishop of Changanacherry, about 300 miles due north of Bombay on the western side of the country. The official title was Metropolitan Archishop. With his return to his original rite, he was able to better inform his flock as to the similarities and unity of the two rites, both in union with Rome.

          On April 23, 1985 Pope John Paul II named him the first Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Three years later he was elevated to the cardinalate in the Consistory of June 28, 1988 receiving the titular church of St. Mary Queen of Peace in Monte Verde and given Curial Membership in the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. On December 16, 1992 his archdiocese was made a Major Archbishopric in the Syro-Malabar Church and he was enthroned on May 20, 1993 as the first Major Archbishop. Because of age, he retired on November 11, 1996 where he still resides at Box 2580 Ernakulam, Kochi-682031 in Kerala, India.

September 3-5, 1999       volume 10, no. 167


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