DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     September 24-26, 1999     vol. 10, no. 183


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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.

102.   Cardinal Paul Poupard

        The President for the Pontifical Council for Culture Cardinal Paul Poupard was born on August 30, 1930 in Bouzille, France in the Diocese of Angers. After ordination on December 18, 1954, he was assigned to teaching and studying for five years. A prolific writer and author of various works, he was appointed by Pope Pius XII to work in the Office of the Secretariat of State in 1959. After the Pontiff's death, his successor Pope John XXIII dispatched him back to France as Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris where he served until February 2, 1979 when Pope John Paul II made him Titular Bishop of Usula and Auxiliary Bishop of Paris. He was installed on April 5, 1979 with the title of Archbishop. Even though the Pope had named him auxilary in Paris, Poupard was recalled to Rome to become Pro-President of the Secretariat for Non-Believers which had been established by Pope Paul VI on April 9, 1969 . A year later in 1980 John Paul II made him President of the Executive Committee of the newly-formed Pontifical Council of Culture.

        After five years in this post, he was honored with the cardinalate during the Pope's Consistory of May 25, 1985 receiving the Titular church of St. Praxedes and the title of cardinal deacon which was transferred to the order of cardinal priests on January 29, 1996. At the same time as the Consistory of 1985 the Holy Father elevated him to permanent President of the Pontifical Council for Non-Believers which became President of the Pontifical Council for Culture three years later and the Pope merged the two council into one with the latter title through the Holy Father's Motu Proprio on March 25, 1993. In addition to his duties as President of the Pontifical Council for Culture which he has headed for fourteen years, Cardinal Poupard also serves membership in the Roman Curia offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, and the Congregation for Catholic Education in addition to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. At 69 he is young enough to be considered papal material but his experience factor leaves him far short of other leading candidates who are either the same age range or younger.

September 24-26, 1999       volume 10, no. 182


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