DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     September 17-19, 1999     vol. 10, no. 177


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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.

99.   Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta

        Born on March 1, 1920 in Marol just outside of Bombay, India, Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta was ordained a priest on December 21, 1949 at the age of 29. After serving as a parish priest in various assignments in Bombay he was sent to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical College of Saint Peter the Apostle and at the Urban University where in 1954 he received his degree in Canon Law. Returning to Bombay, he was assigned various duties until June 5, 1971 when Pope Paul VI named him Titular Bishop of Bocconia and Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay where he was consecrated on June 29, 1971. On February 26, 1977 he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Bombay and a year and a half later installed as Archbishop of Bombay on September 11, 1978.

        After ten years as Archbishop of Bombay, in which he also served consecutive terms as President of the Indian Bishops' Conference, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the cardinalate during the Consistory of June 28, 1988 when he received the titular church of Mary, Queen of the World at a Torre Spaccata. He was appointed curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for Catholic Education as well as the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. On November 8, 1996 at the age of 76 Cardinal Pimenta resigned his post, becoming Archbishop emeritus of Bombay and permanently residing at the Archbishop's quarters in Bombay.

September 17-19, 1999       volume 10, no. 177


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