DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 168


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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.

94.   Cardinal Pietro Palazzini

        Among the older retired Italian Cardinals is 87 year-old Cardinal Pietro Palazzini, the Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who has been retired for eleven years now. He was born on May 19, 1912 during the pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X in Piobbico, Italy near the central section of the country in Pesaro. He was accepted as a seminary at the minor seminary in Fano in the mid-twenties and went on to take his major scholasticate work at the Lateran where he received a degree in Law in 1932. Two years later he was ordained in Rome on December 6, 1934 and returned to finish his studies at the Lateran, obtaining a masters in Theology in 1937. After various teaching assignments, he was made assistant vice-rector of the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary in the mid 40's and then vice-rector and bursar of the Pontifical Roman Seminary for Juridical Studies in the early 50's.

        After serving as professor of moral theology at the Lateran University and various offices within the Roman Curia during the papacy of Pope Pius XII, in 1958 he was selected by Pope John XXIII as Secretary of the Holy Congregation of the Council which was renamed the Congregation for the Clergy on August 15, 1967 by Pope Paul VI. Palazzini was named Consultor for the Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law in 1961 and on August 28, 1962 John XXIII made him Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappodocia where he was installed on September 21, 1962. He was the author of numerous works on moral theology and Canon Law, and took part in the Second Vatican Council, writing several articles for L'Osservatore Romano. He also founded the magazine Studi Cattolici in 1958 and served as it editor until being elevated to the cardinalate during Paul VI's Consistory of March 7, 1973. He received the titular church of St. Jerome and seven years later John Paul II chose him to head the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 1980. In 1983 the Holy Father restructured the Congregation, revising canonization procedures with his Apostolic Constitution Divinus Perfectionis Magister. In 1988, at the age of 76 he retired, choosing to stay in Rome residing at Via Proba Petronia 83.

September 6, 1999       volume 10, no. 168


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