DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 27, 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.

103.   Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta

        After of the death of Cardinal Eduardo Pironio last year on February 5th in Rome, Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta remains the only cardinal from Argentina. Primatesta was born in the Diocese of Zarate-Campana in the village of Capilla del Senor in Argentina on April 14, 1919. At the age of 15 he entered the seminary in La Plata, and at 18 was sent to the Gregorian University in Rome where he obtained his degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture. He became a priest on October 25, 1942 at the Church of Il Gesu in Rome and returned to his nativeland of Argentina where he was assigned to the faculty of the minor seminary at La Plata, teaching Greek and Latin. In 1945 he was transferred to the major seminary San Jose de La Plata where he was charged with teaching Dogmatic Theology and Sacred Scripture until he was named Titular Bishop of Tanais and Auxiliary of La Plata on August 15, 1957 by Pope Pius XII. He was installed on June 14, 1957. Throughout his duration of teaching at both seminaries, he placed as his highest priority the quality of the young men and their dedication to upholding their charge as priests as prayerful servants of the Lord. He also wrote numerous articles for several theology reviews.

        On June 12, 1961 Pope John XXIII transferred him to the Diocese of San Rafael as the bishop there and on February 16, 1965 Pope Paul VI made him the Archbishop of Cordoba where he has remained for the past thirty-four years as he nears retirement. On March 5, 1973 he was elevated to the cardinalate during Paul VI's Consistory that year. He received the titular church of the Blessed Mary Sorrowful Virgin. Because of his concentration solely on his diocese over the past three decades he serves participation only in one curial office of the Roman Curia, as a member of the Sacred Congregation for Clergy to which he can add invaluable counsel from his many years of fostering priestly vocations.

September 27, 1999       volume 10, no. 183


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