DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 20, 1999     vol. 10, no. 178


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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.

100.   Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli

        A native of the Tuscany region, Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli was born on February 21, 1924 in Ronta di Mugello. As a young man he enrolled in the minor seminary in Firenze and continued there and in Rome for major scholasticate studies, being ordained in Florence on July 13, 1947. After a dozen years as the Vice-Rector of the minor seminary in Florence, he was appointed pastor of a parish in Castelfiorentino where there were many with leanings toward atheism and anti-Catholicism. Almost miraculously he soothed the foment against the clergy, winning them over and establishing a healing within the community that made him legendary in the region and throughout Italy. This prompted the Archbishop of Florence Cardinal Benelli to appoint him Pro-Vicar and then Vicar General of the See.

        He was made a bishop on May 28, 1982 by Pope John Paul II and consecrated by Cardinal Benelli a month later on June 24th as the Titular Bishop of Tubune di Mauretania and Auxiliary Bishop of Florence. Less than a year later on March 18, 1983 he was made permanent Archbishop with the death of Cardinal Benelli. Two years later he was further honored by being included in the Holy Father's Consistory of May 25, 1985 receiving the red beretta and the titular church of St. Mary of Graces along the Via Trionfale.

        At 75 he is nearing retirement as Archbishop of Florence, having held that position for sixteen years. Besides his busy duties in the city known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, he serves membership on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace while residing at Arcivescovado at Piazza San Giovanni 3, 50129 in Firenze, Italy.

September 20, 1999       volume 10, no. 178


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