The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Biographical Dictionary
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SALDARINI, Giovanni
(1924-2011)

Birth. December 11, 1924, Cantù, archdiocese of Milan, Italy. Eldest child of Mario Saldarini and Adele Carugati. The other siblings were Giuseppe and Palmira. He was baptized in the parish of S. Michele Arcangelo, Milan, on December 21, 1924; and received the sacrament of confirmation from Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster, O.S.B., archbishop of Milan.

Education. Studied at S. Pietro Martire Seminary, Venegono, from 1938; later, at the Theological Faculty, Milan, where he obtained the license in Sacred Theology; and then, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, where he obtained a license in Sacred Scriptures.

Priesthood. Ordained, May 31, 1947, cathedral of Milan, by Cardinal Schuster, O.S.B. Faculty member, archiepiscopal school, Desio, 1947-1949. Further studies, Rome, 1949-1952. Professor of Sacred Scriptures at the Seminary of Venegono, 1952-1967. Pastor of the parish of Santi Ambrogio e Simpliciano, in Carate Brianza, Milan, 1967-1974. Pastor of the parish of S. Babila, in the center of Milano, 1974-1983. Prelate of honor of His Holiness, April 24, 1979. Episcopal vicar for the first pastoral zone of Milan, which comprised 23 deanships and 180 parishes, March 17, 1982. Pro-vicar general in charge of the pastoral programs of the archdiocese of Milan, June 18, 1983. Major canon of the metropolitan chapter, September 22, 1983.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Gaudiaba and appointed auxiliary of Milan, November 10, 1984. Consecrated, December 7, 1984, Milan, by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., archbishop of Milan, assisted by Cardinal Giovanni Colombo, archbishop emeritus of Milan, and by Giulio Oggioni, bishop of Bergamo. His episcopal motto was Adiutor gaudii vestri. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Turin, January 31, 1989.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1991; received the red biretta and the title of Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio, deaconry elevated pro hac vice to title, June 28, 1991. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese because of bad health, June 19, 1999. Since his resignation he resided in the parish of S. Francesco di Paola, via Montenapoleone 22, Milan. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned 80 years old, December 11, 2004.

Death. April 18, 2011, shortly after 7 p.m., in Clinica San Giuseppe, Milan. From that evening, the body of the cardinal was exposed in the parish church of S. Francesco di Paola, where he had resided since his retirement in 1999; around 11 p.m., it was visited by the archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who prayed before it. The mortuary chapel in that church remained open until Tuesday April 19 in the afternoon. Also in that church, on Tuesday, at 6 p.m., presided by the archbishop of Milan, took place the recitation of the Holy Rosary and Holy Mass of suffrage was celebrated at 6:30. After the celebration of suffrage, the body was moved to the cathedral of Turin, where it was exposed and the funeral was held. The funeral, presided over by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, took place on April 20, 2011, at 3:30 p.m., in the metropolitan cathedral of Turin. Archbishop Nosiglia delivered the homily. The body of the cardinal was laid to rest, according to his will, in that cathedral, next to the altar dedicated to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Turinese youth of the Catholic Action beatified in 1990 (1). Cardinal Tettamanzi was present at the funeral. Upon learning the news of the death of Cardinal Saldarini, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent a telegram of condolence to Archbishop Nosiglia of Turin.

Links. Photographs, arms and biography, in Italian, Santi e beati; biography, in English, Wikipedia; photograph and biography, in Italian, archdiocese of Turin; his arms, Araldica Vaticana.

(1) This is the text of the inscription on his vault, kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:

CARDINALE GIOVANNI SALDARINI * 1924 + 2011
ARCIVESCOVO DI TORINO 1989 - 1999


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SÁNCHEZ, José Tomás
(1920-2012)

Birth. March 17, 1920, Pandan, Catanduanes, diocese of Virac, Philippines. He came from an ordinary family and became a priest only after being sponsored by a bishop.

Education. Studied at Holy Rosary Seminary, Naga; and then, at St. Thomas University, Manila, where he earned a doctorate in theology.

Priesthood. Ordained, May 12, 1946 in Naga City, for the diocese of Sorsogon. Successively, 1946-1968, he was assistant pastor of San Raphael parish, Sorsogon; and realized pastoral ministry in Legazpi, were he became vicar general. Faculty member, minor seminary of Sorsogon; St. Agnes Academy; lyceum of Albay; St. Thomas University, Legazpi; Holy Rosary Seminary, Naga.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Lesvi and appointed auxiliary of Cáceres, February 5, 1968. Consecrated, May 12, 1968, cathedral of San Jorge, Legazpi, by Carmine Rocco, titular archbishop of Iustinianopolis in Galatia, nuncio to the Philippines, assisted by Flaviano Ariola, bishop of Legazpi, and by Arnulfo Arcilla, bishop of Sorsogon. Named coadjutor, with right of succession, of Lucena, December 12, 1972. Attended the Third Ordinary Assembly of the the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 27 to October 26, 1974. Successor to the see of Lucena, September 25, 1976. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Nueva Segovia, January 12, 1982. Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, October 30, 1985. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, March 22, 1986.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of June 28, 1991; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna, June 28, 1991. Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and president of the Pontifical Commission for the Preservation of the Artistic and Historical Patrimony of the Church, July 1, 1991. Attended the Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992. Attended the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994, Attended the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994. Special papal envoy to the 4th centennial celebration of the establishment of the diocese of Cebú, Philippines, April 21-28, 1995. Special papal envoy to the 4th centennial celebration of the establishment of the diocese of Nueva Segovia, Philippines, June 4 to 11, 1995. Special papal envoy to the closing of the 4th centennial celebration of the establishment of the diocese of Caceres, September 15, 1995. Resigned the prefecture of the Congregation for the Clergy, June 15, 1996. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years of age, March 17, 2000. Opted for the order of priests and his deaconry was elevated pro hac vice to title, February 26, 2002. While in Rome, Cardinal Sánchez resided at Via Rusticucci 13. In April 2011, he returned to the Philippines. In May 2011, he appealed to family members of Philippine President Benigno Aquino to help "enlighten" the president over the country's Reproductive Health bill. He was admitted to the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in February 2012, suffering from pneumonia and an infection; he was released two weeks later.

Death. March 9, 2012, at 4:30 a.m., Philippine time, died from multiple organ failure at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center in San Juan City, where he had been confined for a week; he spent last hours in an artificial respirator. Upon learning the death of the cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu (1). On Monday March 12, the funeral mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. and was presided over by Cardinal Vidal, who also delivered the homily. His remains were interred at a tomb specifically prepared for him in the crypt below the sanctuary of the Good Shepherd cathedral (2).

Bibliography. Bransom, Charles. "Philippine episcopology (IV)." Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas, LXV, 718-719 (September-October 1989), 674.

Links. Photograph and biography, in English, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines; photographs, Araldica Vaticana; Power To Unite with Elvira Cardinal Jose T Sanchez, pt. 2, in English, You Tube; Power To Unite with Elvira Cardinal Jose T Sanchez, pt. 3, in English, You Tube; His Eminence José Tomás Cardinal Sánchez , video, You Tube; Jose T. Cardinal Sanchez Memorial Pavilion, The Cathedral-Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, Diocese of Novaliches, Regalado Avenue, Fairview Park, Quezon City, Philippines.

(1) This is the text of the telegram, taken from the site of the Press Office of the Holy See:

TO HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL RICARDO J. VIDAL
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF CEBU

HAVING LEARNED WITH SADNESS OF THE DEATH OF CARDINAL JOSI T, SANCHEZ, PREFECT EMERITUS OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY, I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU, THE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY AND TO ALL THOSE WHO WILL JOIN YOU IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL. AS I RECALL WITH GRATITUDE THE LATE CARDINALS DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE LORD AS A PRIEST AND BISHOP IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY, AS WELL AS OUR SERVICE TOGETHER IN THE ROMAN CURIA DURING THE PONTIFICATE OF BLESSED JOHN PAUL II, I WILLINGLY JOIN YOU IN COMMENDING HIS NOBLE SOUL TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. I PRAY THAT HIS WITNESS WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO THE SERVICE OF THE LORD AND HIS HOLY CHURCH, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRIESTHOOD. TO ALL WHO MOURN THE DEATH OF CARDINAL SANCHEZ IN THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION, I WILLINGLY IMPART MY APOSTOLIC BLESSING AS A PLEDGE OF CONSOLATION AND PEACE IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRISTI.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

(2) This is the text of the inscription on his sarcophagus, kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:

José T. Card. Sánchez

Born: March 17, 1920
Priest: May 12, 1946
Bishop: May 12, 1968
Cardinal: June 28, 1991
Died: March 9, 2012

"Teach me your will." Ps.143: 10


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SANDOVAL ÍÑIGUEZ, Juan
(1933-

Birth. March 28, 1933, Yahualica, diocese of San Juan de los Lagos, México. His parents were Esteban Sandoval and María Guadalupe Íñiguez; they had twelve children; one of his brothers was a Guadalupan missionary in Korea.

Education. Initial studies at Colegio Amado Nervo, Yahualica; Seminary of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, November 11, 1945-1952 (secondary studies, humanities and first year of philosophy); Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1952-1961 (licentiate in philosophy and doctorate in theology).

Priesthood. Ordained, October 27, 1957, Rome, by Antonio Samorè, titular archbishop of Tirnovo, secretary of the S.C. of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs. Further studies, Rome, 1957-1961. Pastoral ministry in the archdiocese of Guadalajara, 1961. In the Seminary of Guadalajara, 1961-1971, spiritual director; prefect of discipline; prefect of philosophy faculty; faculty member and prefect of students in Tapalpa. Vice-rector, with functions of rector, 1971-1980; named rector, August 22, 1980, occupied the post until 1988. Also, member and president of the presbyteral council; member of the archdiocesan board of government; member of the archdiocesan clergy commission.

Episcopate. Elected coadjutor bishop of Ciudad Juárez, March 3, 1988. Consecrated, April 30, 1988, by Manuel Talamás Camandari, bishop of Ciudad Juárez, assisted by Girolamo Prigione, titular archbishop of Lauriaco, apostolic delegate in México, and by Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, archbishop of Guadalajara. His episcopal motto is Servus. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990. Succeeded to the see of Ciudad Juárez, July 11, 1992. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Guadalajara, April 21, 1994.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the title of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe e S. Filippo Martire in Via Aurelia, November 26, 1994. Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, November 6, 1995. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997; its relator general. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. President-delegate of the Ninth General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Participated in the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate that took place from May 13 to 31, 2007, in Aparecida, Brazil. His resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Guadalajara was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on December 7, 2011, in accordance with canon 401§1 of the Code of Canon Law. Apostolic administrator of the see until the installation of his successor, Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega, who took possession on February 7, 2012. Participated in the conclave of March 12 to 13, 2013, which elected Pope Francis. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on March 28, 2013. On March 29, 2014, he was confirmed as member of the Pontifical Council for Culture until the expiration of his mandate.

Links. Photograph, arms and biography, in Spanish, archdiocese of Guadalajara; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SANTOS, O.F.M., Alexandre José María dos
(1924-

Birth. March 18, 1924, Zavala, diocese of Inhambane, Moçambique.

Education. Studied at the Franciscan Minor Seminary, Amatongas; at the Missionaries of Africa's Seminary of Nyassaland, Malawi; and at the Franciscan Seminary of Varatojo, Lisbon. Joined the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans); temporary profession, 1948; solemn profession, 1951.

Priesthood. Ordained, June 25, 1953, Lisbon. Pastoral ministry in the Franciscan missions of Inhabane, Moçambique, 1954-1972. Counselor, Franciscan custody of Moçambique and rector of the minor seminary in Vila Pery (Chimoio), 1972-1974.

Episcopate. Elected archbishop of Maputo (formerly Lourenço Marques), December 23, 1974. Consecrated, March 9, 1975, Sports Palace, Lourenço Marques, by Cardinal Agnelo Rossi, prefect of the S.C. for the Propagation of the Faith, assisted by Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa, archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam, and by Eduardo Muaca, bishop of Malanje. His episcopal motto is Servir e não ser servido.He founded and was the first president of Caritas Moçambique. He promoted closer relations with the ecclesiastical communities from the former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Principe.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1988; received the red biretta and the title of S. Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali, June 28, 1988. He is the first Moçambican native cardinal. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, February 22, 2003. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned 80 years old, March 18, 2004. Participated in the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, October 4 to 25, 2009, Vatican City, on the theme "The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace: You Are the Salt of the Earth; You Are the Light of the World".

Bibliography. Chapeau, O.S.B., André and Charles N. Bransom. "Franciscan bishops." Franciscan Studies, XLVIII (1988), 315.

Links. Biography, in Portuguese, Wikipedia; photograph and biography, in English, Press Office of the Holy See; photograph and biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photograph and arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SARAIVA MARTINS, C.M.F., José
(1932-

Birth. January 6, 1932, Gagos, diocese of Guarda, Portugal, the sixth of eight children of Antonio Saraiva and Maria da Natividade Martins. His younger sister, Cassiana, is a nun missionary in Angola.

Education. Entered the Minor Seminary in October 1944; joined the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians); Claretian Novitiate, Carvalhos; professed, August 22, 1950; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (licentiate in theology); Pontifical University "San Tommaso d'Aquino", Rome (doctorate in theology); University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium (courses of specialization in theology); Free University "Gabriele d'Annunzio", Chieti (doctorate in philosophy).

Priesthood. Ordained, March 16, 1957, church of Sacro Cuore a Piazza Navona, Rome, by Ettore Cunial, titular archbishop of Soteropoli, second vice-gerent of Rome. Further studies, Rome, 1957-1958. Professor of metaphysics, Major Seminary of the Italian Claretian province, house of Marino, 1958-1959. Professor of fundamental theology and of sacramental dogmatic theology, "Claretianum", Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, 1959-1969. Professor of sacramental dogmatic theology, Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, 1969-1988; dean of the Theological Faculty, 1974-1977; president of the dean's committee of the theological faculties of Rome, 1974-1977; rector "Magnifico" of the Pontifical Urbanian University, 1977-1980, 1980-1983, and 1986-1988. Awarded honorary doctorate in philosophy and letters by Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1977. President of the committee of rectors of the pontifical universities and athenaeums of Rome, 1978-1983 and 1986-1988. Attended Sixth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29 to October 28, 1983; its special secretary.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Tuburnica and appointed secretary of Congregation for Catholic Education, May 26, 1988. Consecrated, July 2, 1988, basilica of Ss. XII Apostoli, Rome, by Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, secretary of State, assisted by Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M., titular archbishop of Silli, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and by Giovanni Battista Re, titular archbishop of Vescovio, secretary of the Congregation for Bishops. His episcopal motto is Veritas in charitate. Member of the Pontifical Roman Academy "San Tommaso", November 24, 1989. Attended Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990; by papal appointment. Named prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints on May 30, 1998. Attended Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999; member of the postsynodal council.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 21, 2001; received the red biretta and the deaconry of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore, February 21, 2001. Special papal envoy to the celebrations of the Fourteenth National Eucharistic Congress of Brazil, Campinas, July 19 to 22, 2001. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Reappointed as prefect of Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, April 21, 2005. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Presided at a Eucharistic celebration at the patriarchal Vatican basilica and, as charged by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, read the Apostolic Letter with which the pope has inscribed in the book of Blesseds the Servant of God Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, October 9, 2005. His resignation from the post of prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, for having reached the age limit, was accepted by the pope on July 9, 2008. On February 24, 2009, he was promoted by Pope Benedict XVI to the order of cardinal bishops with the title of the suburbicarian see of Palestrina. Special papal envoy to the conclusive celebrations of the jubilar year for the 7th centennial of the devotion to Our Lady of Europe, which took place in Gibraltar on May 5, 2009. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Shrine of Cristo Re, in Almada, Portugal, on May 17, 2009. Special papal envoy to preside over the election of the new minister general of the Order of the Friars Minor (Franciscans). The proceedings took place in Assisi, Italy, on June 4, 2009, on the occasion of the general chapter of that order. On September 23, 2010, he was granted the prize "Argil: uomo europeo", section "Valori e umanità", promoted dalla provincia di Frosinone, for his numerous scientific and cultural contributions concerning the saints of the 20th century. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on January 6, 2012. He was member of the Congregations for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; and for Bishops, of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City; and of the Special Council for Europe of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. On December 1, 2012, in Bari, he was awarded the Prize Caravella del Mediterraneo, promoted and organized by the association "Terra del Mediterraneo", in partnership with Europuglia, the portal for the promotion of the activities and projects of the Mediterranean Service of the Region of Puglia, Italy.

Links. Brief biographical entry in Portuguese, in Os Cardeais Portugueses, patriarcado de Lisboa; his photograph and arms, Araldica Vaticana; Card Saraiva: John Paul II and Paul VI also considered stepping down, Rome Reports, 2013-02-19 15:30:08.


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SCHEFFCZYK, Leo
(1920-2005)

Birth. February 21, 1920, Beuthen, archdiocese of Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland).

Education. University of Breslau, Breslau; Philosophical-Theological Faculty, Freising; University of München, München (doctorate in theology).

Priesthood. Ordained, June, 29, 1947, Münich, by Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber, archbishop of München und Freising. Pastoral ministry in Grafing (vicar) and Traunwalchen (administrator). Subregent of Seminary in Königstein, 1948-1951. Faculty member, Philosophical-Theological Faculty, Königstein, 1952-1957. Habilitation (venia legendi) in theology, 1957. Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Philosophical-Theological Faculty, Königstein, 1957-1962; at the University of Tübingen, 1959-1965; at the University of München, 1965-1985. Member of Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Prelate of honor of His Holiness, September 11, 1978. Member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, 1980 and of the Pontifical Roman Theological Academy, 1980. Incardinated in the archdiocese of München und Freising after the jurisdictional reorganization of the former German dioceses in the East, January 1, 1999.

Episcopate. Declined to be promoted to the episcopate because of age.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 21, 2001; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella, February 21, 2001. Promoted to the cardinalate when he was over 80 years old, and thus, he did not have the right to participate in the conclave.

Death. December 8, 2005, Münich. In the morning of Tuesday, December 13, the body of the cardinal was taken to the metropolitan cathedral of Münich. Members of the religious family Das Werk, to which the cardinal belonged, held an all day long prayer guard in the cathedral. Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, archbishop of München und Freising, celebrated a pontifical requiem mass on Wednesday, December 14, at 10.30 a.m. in the metropolitan cathedral. The day of the funeral was Thursday December 15 at 11 a.m.; a pontifical requiem mass was celebrated in the parish church of Sankt Gallus in Bregenz, Vorarlberg, by Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne. The burial took place in the cemetery of the religious family "Das Werk" in the monastery of Thalbach, Bregenz, Austria.

Photograph, arms and bibliography on his homepage.


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SCHEID, S.C.I., Eusébio Oscar
(1932-

Birth. December 8, 1932, Luzerna, diocese of Joaçaba, Brazil. Son of Alberto Reinaldo Scheid and Rosália Joana Scheid. He was baptized on December 16, 1932.

Education. Joined the Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehonians). Seminary of the Priests of the Heart of Jesus, Corupá; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (doctorate in theology; specialty : Christology).

Priesthood. Ordained, July 3, 1960, Rome, by Inácio João Dal Monte, bishop of Guaxupé. Professor of theology, Christ the King Seminary and Northeast Regional Seminary, Recife, 1964-1965; of Dogma and Liturgy, Theological Institute of Taubaté, 1965-1981; of Religious Culture, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, 1966-1968. Coordinator of Catechesis, Taubaté, 1970-1974. Director of the Faculty of Theology in Taubaté.

Episcopate. Elected first bishop of São José dos Campos, February 11, 1981. Consecrated, May 1, 1981, São José dos Campos, by Carmine Rocco, titular archbishop of Giustinianopoli di Galazia, nuncio in Brazil, assisted by Geraldo de Morais Penido, archbishop coadjutor of Aparecida, and by Honorato Piazaera, bishop of Lages. His episcopal motto is Deus é bom. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Florianópolis, January 23, 1991. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992. Attended the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994; by papal appointment. Transferred to the metropolitan see of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, July 25, 2001. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of October 21, 2003; received the red biretta and the title of Ss. Bonifacio ed Alessio, October 21, 2003. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Special papal envoy to the 15th Brazilian National Eucharistic Congress celebrated in Florianópolis, May 18 to 21, 2006. Named member of of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, February 3, 2007. Participated in the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate that took place from May 13 to 31, 2007, in Aparecida, Brazil. On February 27, 2009, the pope accepted his resignation from the pastoral government of the metropolitan archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The pope named Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist., until then archbishop of Belém do Pará, as successor. Cardinal Scheid was apostolic administrator of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro until the installation of the new archbishop on April 19, 2009. Ceased as ordinary for Catholic faithful of Oriental rite resident in Brazil who do not have their own ordinary, July 28, 2010. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on December 8, 2012.

Links. Photograph and biography, in Portuguese, archdiocese of São Sebatião do Rio de Janeiro, second from the top of the page; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SCHÖNBORN, O.P., Christoph
(1945-

Birth. January 22, 1945, Skalsko, diocese of Litomerice, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia. Son of Count Maria Hugo Damian Adalbert Josef Hubertus von Schönborn and Baroness Eleonore von Doblhoff. His baptismal name is Christoph Maria Michael Hugo Damian Peter Adalbert. His family moved to Austria in September 1945. Besides his native German, he also speaks English, French, Italian.

Education. Joined Order of Preachers in 1963. Studied at Dominican houses of studies in Walberberg, Bonn, Germany; at Le Saulchoir, Paris, where he earned a doctorate in theology; thesis on the Byzantine iconoclastic debate about whether sacred images should be forbidden or allowed; at the "École Practique de Hautes Études", La Sorbonne University, Paris; and at the "Institute Catholique", Paris. His thesis to fulfill the post-doctoral lecturing requirement as a professor was "The Icon of Christ or the Human Face of God".

Priesthood. Ordained, December 27, 1970, Vienna, by Cardinal Franz König, archbishop of Vienna. Further studies, 1970-1974. Chaplain to university students, Graz, Austria, 1973-1975. Faculty member, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1976-1991. Member of the International Theological Commission, 1980-1991; of the Foundation "Pro Oriente", 1984-1991. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985; assistant to the special secretary. Faculty member, Superior Philosophical School of the Cisterciense Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, Vienna, Austria. Secretary of the commission of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to edit the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1987-1992.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Sutri and appointed auxiliary of Vienna, July 11, 1991. Consecrated, September 29, 1991, metropolitan cathedral of Vienna, by Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër, O.S.B., archbishop of Vienna, assisted by Cardinal Franz König, archbishop emeritus of Vienna, and by Vojtech Cikrle, bishop of Brno. His episcopal motto is Vox autem dixi amicos. Promoted to archbishop coadjutor with right of succession of Vienna, April 13, 1995. Succeeded to the metropolitan see of Vienna, September 14, 1995. Ordinary for the Byzantine-rite faithful residing in Austria, November 5, 1995. Preached the spiritual exercises for the pope and the Roman Curia, Lent 1996. Almoner of the Knights of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of February 21, 1998; received the red biretta and the title of Gesù Divin Lavoratore, February 23, 1998. President of the Austrian Episcopal Conference, 1998-. Attended the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. He presided the First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, which was held in Rome from April 2 to 6, 2008. Special papal envoy to the celebrations of the millennium of the diocese of Pécs, Hungary, which took place on August 23, 2009. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the formal renewal of the archbishopric of Prague, which took place on May 12, 2012. On September 18, 2012, the pope appointed him synodal father of the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 7 to 28, 2012, on the theme "The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith". Participated in the conclave of March 12 to 13, 2013, which elected Pope Francis. He was confirmed as member of the Congregation for Catholic Education on November 30, 2013. On January 15, 2014, he was named member, for the next quiquennium, of the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). He was named member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on February 6, 2014. Confirmed as member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches for another quinquennium on February 19, 2014. On March 29, 2014, he was confirmed as member of the Pontifical Council for Culture until the expiration of his mandate.

Bibliography. Schönborn, Chrstoph. Sulla felicità. Meditazioni per i giovani. Bologna : Edizioni Studio Domenicano, 2012.

Links. Photograph, arms and biography, in German, archdiocese of Vienna; photograph and biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photograph and biography, in English, Holy See Press Office; The Schönborn Site, in English; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Austrian cardinal cracks down on rebel priests by Michael Shields, Reuters/Chicago Tribune, 9:49 a.m. CDT, June 27, 2012; Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis has already changed church by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 7, 2014.


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SCHOTTE, C.I.C.M., Jan Pieter
(1928-2005)

Birth. April 29, 1928, Beveren-Leie, diocese of Brugge, Belgium.

Education. After finishing secondary school, he joined the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Missionaries of Scheut), Brussels, in 1946; received his formation at houses of studies of his congregation; at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; and at The Catholic University of America, Washington, United States of America.

Priesthood. Ordained, August 3, 1952. After ordination, in 1953, he returned to school to study Chinese in anticipation of being sent to China as a missionary, but four years later he was assigned to his congregation's Theological Seminary at Louvain. Form 1963 to 1967, rector of the Immaculate Heart Mission Seminary, Washington, D.C., United States of America. Returned to Rome in 1967 and was named general secretary of his congregation; he occupied the post until 1972. Vice-president of the Commission of superiors general. Secretary of the Pontifical Council Iustitia et Pax, June 27, 1980. Attended the Second Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29 to October 28, 1983; assistant to the French language group.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Silli and appointed vice-president of the Pontifical Commission Iustitia et Pax, December 20, 1983. Consecrated, January 6, 1984, patriarchal Vatican basilica, by Pope John Paul II, assisted by Eduardo Martínez Somalo, titular archbishop of Tagora, substitute of the Secretariat of State, and by Durasamy Simon Lourdusamy, archbishop emeritus of Bangalore, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In the same ceremony was consecrated Polycarp Pengo, bishop of Nachingwea, future cardinal. His episcopal motto was Parare viam Domino pacis. Promoted to archbishop and appointed secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, April 24, 1985. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985; secretary general. Attended the Seventh Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 30, 1987; secretary general. President of the Office of Labor of the Apostolic See, April 14, 1989. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990; secretary general. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Giuliano dei Fiamminghi, November 26, 1994. Special papal envoy to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the elevation of the diocese of St. Louis, United States of America, to metropolitan archdiocese, October 19, 1997. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997. Attended the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 29 to May 14, 1998; the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 22 to December 12, 1998; the II Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999; secretary general. Special papal envoy for the consecration in Irkutsk, Russia, of the cathedral church of the Apostolic Administration of Oriental Siberia, September 8, 2000. Special papal envoy to the centennial celebrations of the National Eucharistic Congress of St. Louis, United States of America, June 15 to 16, 2001. Special papal envoy to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the reestablishment of the Catholic hierarchy in the Netherlands that took place in Utrecht, June 7, 2003. Resigned the post of secretary general upon reaching the age limit, February 11, 2004. Special papal envoy to the solemn celebrations of the 17th centennial of the martyrdom of St. Domnio, bishop, patron of the archdiocese of Split-Makarsk, Croatia, that took place in Split, May 6 and 7, 2004. Special papal envoy to the solemn closing celebrations of the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, that took place in the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., United States of America, on December 8, 2004.

Death. January 10, 2005, Policlinic "Agostino Gemelli", Rome. Exposed in the chapel of S. Stefano degli Abissini, at the Vatican. His funeral mass, concelebrated by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, togther with the other cardinals, took place at the patriarchal Vatican basilica, on January 14, 2005. Pope John Paul II presided over the exequial liturgy and delivered the homily and had the rite of the Ultima Commendatio and the Valedictio. Buried, temporarily, in the chapel of the canons of the patriarchal Vatican basilica, Campo Verano cemetery, Rome. In the first week of January 2008, the mortal remains of the cardinal were moved to his definitive tomb in the church of S. Giuliano dei Fiamminghi, his deaconry. The transfer and burial were done privately. A mass for the eternal repose of his soul was celebrated on Sunday January 13, 2008 in that church.

Links. His photograph and biography, in Dutch, Wikipedia; his photograph and arms, Araldica Vaticana; Notificazione: Capella Papale per le esequie del Signor Cardinale Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M., Office of Litugical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, The Vatican; homily pronounced by Pope John Paul II during the funeral mass for the late cardinal, The Vatican.


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SCHWERY, Henri
(1932-

Birth. June 14, 1932, quartier de la Zéneillère, in Saint-Léonard, diocese of Sion, Switzerland. Son of Camille-Louis Schwery and Marguerite Terroux. His baptismal name is Henri-Camille; his godparents were his sister Camillia and his brother Frédéic; and of his confirmation his brother Joseph. He is the youngest of eleven children. His parents and siblings watched over him and instilled in him a vocation to the priesthood.

Education. From 1939 to 1945, he attended the primary school at Saint-Léonard; then, he attended the Minor Seminary, Sion, where he studied humanities for six years; then, he studied philosophy for two years at the Lyceum-College of Sion; in 1953, he obtained the classical maturity type A, also including Latin and Greek; later, he studied theology at the Major Seminary of Sion; he continued his theological studies for two years at the French Seminary Sainte-Claire and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; he completed his mémoir de licence on "La maternité divine d'aprè les théologiens modernes"; in 1957, he was recalled to Switzerland by the bishop of Sion for other studies; he attended the University of Fribourg, where he earned a university diploma in mathematics and theoretical physics.

Priesthood. Ordained, July 7, 1957, in the parish church of Saint-Léonard, by Nestor François Adam, bishop of Sion. Further studies in Fribourg, from July 10, 1957 until 1961, to obtain the habilitation to teach at the Lyceum-College of Sion. From 1958, he was chaplain of the Schola dei Pueri Cantores of Our Lady of Sion and ecclesiastical counselor of the Swiss Committee of Pueri Cantores. Pastoral ministry in the diocese of Sion from 1961 until 1977. Chaplain of the Student Youth of Catholic Action, 1958-1966. Military chaplain, 1958-1977. Faculty member of the College-Institute, Sion, 1961-1972; he taught physics, mathematics, history of science and religion; he was its rector from 1972 until 1977. Director of the minor seminary of Sion from 1968 until 1972. Moderator of the diocesan synod from 1973 to 1976. He was also chaplain of two groups of the Foyers Notre-Dame in Sion. He preached in different parishes and directed spiritual exercises for the young and adults.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Sion (Sitten), July 22, 1977. Consecrated, September 17, 1977, Sion, by Nestor François Adam, bishop emeritus of Sion, assisted by Pierre Mamie, bishop of Lausanne, Genève et Fribourg, and by Otmar Mäder, bishop of Sankt Gallen. His episcopal motto is Spiritus Domini Gaudium et Spes. Member of the S.C. for Catholic Education from 1978 until 1983. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985. Honorary canon of the territorial abbey of Saint-Maurice d'Agaunne, September 22, 1989. President of the Conference of Swiss Bishops, 1983-1988.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1991; received the red biretta and the title of Ss. Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica, June 28, 1991. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991. Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, December 2, 1993. Resigned the pastoral government of the diocese, April 1, 1995 (1); he was apostolic administrator of the diocese until the installation of his successor, Bishop Norbert Brunner. Special papal envoy to the 9th centennial celebration of the cathedral of Valence, France, August 5, 1995; to the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the Council of Lyon, Lyon, France, October 20 to 22, 1995; to the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the apparition of "Notre Dame de la Salette," Grenoble, France, September 19, 1996. Grand prior of the Swiss Lieutenancy and chevalier de Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. He was member of the Congregations for the Causes of the Saints; for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, for the Clergy; and of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on June 14, 2012.

Links. Photographs and biography, in Italian, Santi e Beati; his photograph, arms and biography, in Italian, Cathopedia; his photograph and biography, in French, diocese of Sion; biography, in German, Conference of Swiss Bishops; biography, in German, Wikipedia; his photograph and biography by Father Einar Odden, in Norwegian, Den Katolske Kirke; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Discours du Saint-Père Jean-Paul II au Cardinal Henri Schwery et à un groupe de pèlerins du diocèse Swisse de Sion, Jeudi, 7 novembre 1991, The Vatican; Le Cardinal Henri Schwery, prêtre, évêque, cardinal. Un quart desiècle dépiscopat, edited by Theodor Wyder, Saint-Maurice : Éditions Saint-Augustin, 2002; Gli 80 anni del cardinale H. Schwery e il suo sguardo su Roma by Maurice Page, Apic, Giornale del Popolo, 6 juin 2012; Swiss Cardinal Henri Schwery turns 80, voting cardinals drops to 121, video, Rome Reports, 2012-06-15 13:19:17.

(1) On January 18, 1995, he sent a letter to the faithful announcing his resignation. This is a fragment of the letter, taken from Le Cardinal Henri Schwery, prêtre, évêque, cardinal. Un quart desiècle dépiscopat:
Chers diocésains, frères et soeurs,
Après longue et mure réflexion, ayant sollicité conseils et remarques, et m'étant confié à Dieu dans la prière, j'ai jugé bon de prier le Saint Père d'accepter ma demission comme éveque de Sion afin qu'il puisse confier notre diocese à un Pasteur dynamique et avisé. Le Saint Père a accepté ma démission. Elle entrera en viguer avec la prise de possession du diocese par mon successeur.
Parmi les raisons de cette décision, il convient de mentionner la fatigue, ainsi qu'une détérioration progressive de ma santé. Par ailleurs, au cours de ma 18ème année d'épiscopat, je mesure d'autant mieux l'opportunité d'un renuovellement à fréquence raisonnable des Pasteurs diocésains. La rapidité de l'évolution sociale et la nécessaire adaptation de la Pastorale semblent exiger tuojours davantage que les Eglises diocésaines prennent des élans renouvelés, sous des impulsions nouvelles inspirées par de nouveaux éveques.


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SCOLA, Angelo
(1941-

Birth. November 7, 1941, via Sant'Antonino, Malgrate, archdiocese of Milan, Italy. From a very poor family. Youngest of the two sons of Carlo Scola, a truck driver and a Socialist, and Regina Colombo, a housewife. The other child was Pietro, an elementary school teacher, who died in 1983. Besides his native Italian, he also speaks English, French, Spanish.

Education. Elementary and middle school in Malgrate, then, he attended the classical lyceum Manzoni of Lecco from 1955 to 1959; in 1958, in Lecco, he met Father Luigi Giussani, founder of the movement Communione e Liberazione, who exercised a great influence in Angelo's life. After the maturità, he registered himself in engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Before entering the seminary, between 1965 and 1967, he taught in high school. Abandoning the engineering career, he studied at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, where he obtained a doctorate in philosophy; thesis on Christian philosophy, 1967; while studying at the Catholic University, in 1965, he became a member of the presidency of the Italian Catholic Universitary Federation (FUCI), a federation of Catholic Italian University student groups, called by Cardinal Giovanni Colombo; in Milan, he did various odd jobs, among them, working as a proofreader at Mondadori publishing house; but he was also was involved with Communione e Liberazione and met Don Luigi Giussani, its founder, and with him he decided to become a priest; he studied at the Seminary of Saronno, Milan (theology); then, at the Seminary of Venegono, Milan (theology); and finally, at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where he obtained a doctorate in theology, with a thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas.

Priesthood. Ordained, July 18, 1970, Teramo, by Abele Conigli, bishop of Teramo-Atri. Further studies, Fribourg, Switzerland; Monaco; and Paris, France. Successively, until 1991, active collaborator of Communione e Liberazione; director of the Institute of Studies for the Transition (ISTRA), Milan; collaborator in the establishment and member of the executive committee of the Italian edition of Rivista Internazionale Communio; pastoral ministry in Italy and abroad; from 1979, research assistant to the chair of Political Philosophy, and later, assistant to the chair of Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; in 1982; later, professor of theological anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome; and later, professor of Contemporary Christology at the Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. Attended the Seventh Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 30,1987, as an assistant to the special secretary.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Grosseto, July 20, 1991. Consecrated, September 21, 1991, patriarchal Liberian basilica, Rome, by Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, bishop of the title of the suburbicarian see of Palestrina, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, assisted by Adelmo Tacconi, bishop emeritus of Grosseto, and by Abele Congli, bishop emeritus of Teramo-Atri. His episcopal motto is Sufficit Gratia Tua. Took possession of the diocese on the following September 28. Named rector magnifico of the Pontifical Lateran University and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, July 1995. Resigned pastoral government of the diocese, September 14, 1995. Promoted to the patriarchate of Venice on January 5, 2002; took possession of the patriarchate on the following Sunday March 3. Received the pallium from Pope John Paul II on June 29, 2002, at the patriarchal Vatican basilica.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of October 21, 2003; received the red biretta and the title of Ss. XII Apostoli, October 21, 2003. In September 2004, he founded the Oasis International Studies and Research Centre, to promote better relations between Christians and Muslims. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Relator general of the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Attended the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 5 to 26, 2008, on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church". Transferred to the metropolitan see of Milan on June 28, 2011. Cardinal Scola was apostolic administrator of Venice until September 7, 2011; then, he was succeeded as such by Beniamino Pizziol, bishop of Vicenza, former auxiliary of Venice, until the new patriarch was appointed. Cardinal Scola took possession of the metropolitan see of Milan by procurator (Monsignor Carlo Redaelli, vicar general) on September 9, 2011. He received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on September 21, 2011 in the Hall of the Consistory of the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo. Named member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See on October 22, 2011. Named member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on March 7, 2012. He is a prolific author who has published numerous works (1). Named member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, April 21, 2012. Participated in the conclave of March 12 to 13, 2013, which elected Pope Francis. On July 20, 2013, he was named special papal envoy to the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which took place in Niš, Serbia, on September 20 and 21, 2013. He was named member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on February 6, 2014. Confirmed as member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, until the expiration of his term, on February 19, 2014. On March 29, 2014, he was confirmed as member of the Pontifical Council for Culture until the expiration of his mandate. He was confirmed as member of the Congregation for the Clergy on June 9, 2014. On July 26, 2014, he was named special papal envoy to the celebration of the 850th anniversary of the translation of the relics of the Wise Men from Milan to Cologne, Germany, programmed for September 28, 2014.

Bibliography. Tornielli, Andrea. Il futuro e la speranza. Vita e magistero del cardinale Angelo Scola. Milano : Piemme, 2011. (Incontri).

Links. Photograph and biography, in Italian, archdiocese of Milan; photograph and biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photograph and biography, in English, Holy See Press Office; his bibliography, AngeloScola.it; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Serie cronologica dei vescovi di Milano (III-XXI secolo), in Italian, archdiocese of Milan; Cardinal Scola Is Going Back Home. To Milan by Sandro Magister, Chiesa; Ecco chi è il nuovo arcivescovo, Giugno 27, 2011, Vatican Insider, La Stampa, Milan; «Benedetto colui che viene nel nome del Signore» Il cardinale Angelo Scola è il nuovo Arcivescovo di Milano, archdiocese of Milan; "I miei dieci anni con Venezia", un'intervista di 'bilancio", video, in Italian, patriarchate of Venice; Scola, the theologian liked by Pope Ratzinger by Andrea Tornielli, in English, Vatican Insider, 06/22/2011; Cardinal Scola explains the last details from the World Meeting of Families, video, Rome Reports, 2012-05-22 18:38:11; Scola: è un dono del mondo a Milano by Luciano Moia, Avvenire, 28 maggio 2012; Cardinal Scola: Family 2012 was an extraordinary event that has left us with a huge responsibility, Vatican Insider, 06/ 4/2012; Cardinal Scola, intellectual from a humble background, Rome Reports, 2013-02-20 17:54:35; Il cardinale Scola e il ricordo di Costantino, Vatican Insider, 19/09/2013; Scola: non lasciamoci dominare dalla tecnologia. Dopo lo scambio degli embrioni, Avvenire, 24 aprile 2014.

(1) This is his bibliography taken from Tornielli, Il futuro e la speranza. Vita e magistero del cardinale Angelo Scola, p. 1885-188: La fondazione teologica della legge naturale nello Scriptum super Sententmms di San Tommaso d'Aquino, Universitätsverlag, Freiburg Schweiz 1982; L'alba della dignità umana. La fondazione dei diritti umani nella dottrina di Jacques Maritain, Jaca Book, Milano 1982; Avvenimento e Tradizione. Questioni di ecclesiologia, Jaca Book, Milano 1987; "Vivid las preguntas" (Ejercicios 87), Comunión y Liberación, Madrid 1987; Identidad y diferencia. La relación hombre-mujer, Ediciones Encuentro, Madrid 1989; "La Centesimus Annus. Note per la lettura, Conversazione tenuta a Lecco, 12 maggio 1991", Quaderni di Lavoro Politico; Hans Urs von Balthasar: Uno stile teologico, Jaca Book, Milano 1991; "Sarete liberi davvero". Lettera Pastorale, in Toscana oggi/Rinnovamento 10 (29-11-1992) 42 (Supplemento); "E tutti saranno ammaestrati da Dio". Nota Pastorale, in Toscana oggi/Rinnovamento 11 (5-12-1993) 44 (Supplemento); "Ed io che sono?" Un Vescovo parla ai suoi giovani, Nuova Compagnia Editrice, Forlì 1994; Crisi della libertà e vita familiare, Centro Studi S. Lorenzo-1 Portici Editore, Grosseto 1995; Libertà e realtà. Il realismo cristiano, Associazione Amici della Nuova Scuola, Lecco 1996; Questioni di antropologia teologica, Pontificia Università Lateranense-Istituto Giovanni Paolo II-Edizioni Ares, Milano 1996; Questioni di antropologia teologica. Seconda edizione ampliata, Pontificia Università Lateranense-Mursia, Roma 1997; Il mistero nuziale. 1. Uomo-Donna, Pontificia Università Lateranense-Mursia, Roma 1998; Ospitare il reale. Per un "idea" di Università, Pontificia Università Lateranense-Mursia, Roma 1999; Il mistero nuziale. 2. Matrimonio-Famiglia, Pontificia Università Lateranense-Mursia, Roma 2000; La persona umana. Antropologia Teologica, in collaborazione con G. Marengo e J. Prades López, Amateca v. 15, Jaca Book, Milano 2000; Uomo-donna. Il "caso serio" dell'amore, Marietti 1812, Genova 2002; Vagliate ogni cosa, trattenete ciò che è buono. Intervista con Hans Urs von Balthasar, Lateran University Press, Roma 2002; Il mistero nuziale: una prospettiva di teologia sistematica?, Lateran University Press, Roma 2003; Un anno dopo..., CID, Venezia 2003; Liberi davvero, Collana Fontana Vivace 1, CantagalliCID, Siena-Venezia 2003; Il volto missionario della parrocchia, Collana Fontana Vivace 2, Cantagalli-CID, Siena-Venezia 2003; L'esperienza elementare. La vena profonda del magistero di Giovanni Paolo II, Marietti 1820, Genova 2003; Ecclesiologia en perspectiva ecuménica, Subsidia 5, Facultad de Teologia San Dámaso, Madrid 2003; La gioia e la fretta, Collana Fontana Vivace 3, Cantagalli-CID, Siena-Venezia 2004; Contro la noia, Collana Fontana Vivace 4, CantagalliCID, Siena-Venezia 2004; Morte e libertà, Cantagalli, Siena 2004; Un pensiero sorgivo. Sugli scritti di Luigi Giussani, Marietti 1820, Genova 2004; Chi è la Chiesa? Una chiave antropologica e sacramentale per l'ecclesiologia, BTC 130, Queriniana, Brescia 2005; Voglia di vita, Collana Fontana Vivace 5, Cantagalli-CID, Siena-Venezia 2005; Eucaristia, incontro di libertà, Cantagalli, Siena 2005; Stupore eucaristico. Conversazioni dal Sinodo, San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo 2006; Vagabondi o pellegrini, Collana Fontana Vivace 6, Cantagalli-CID, Siena-Venezia 2006; Tutto è vostro, Collana Fontana Vivace 7, Cantagalli-CID, Siena-Venezia 2006; Introduzione e Commento all'enciclica "Deus caritas est", Cantagalli, Siena 2006; Aspetti innovativi della riabilitazione neurologica: fondamenti antropologici delle implicazioni bioetiche, I.R.C.C.S. San Camillo, Venezia Lido 14 settembre 2006; Una nuova laicità. Temi per una società plurale, Marsilio, Venezia 2007; Il valore dell'uomo, Bompiani, Milano 2007 in collaborazione con G. Reale; La dottrina sociale della Chiesa: risorsa per una società plurale, Centro di Ateneo per la Dottrina Sociale della Chiesa. Contributi 1, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2007; Come nasce e come vive una comunità cristiana, Marcianum Press, Venezia 2007; Vogliamo vedere Gesù, Marcianum Press, Venezia 2007; La dottrina sociale della Chiesa: risorsa per una società plurale, Edizioni Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2007; Dio? Ateismo della ragione e ragioni della fede, Marsmlio, Venezia 2008. In collaborazione con P. Flores D'Arcais; Uno sguardo su Albino Luciani, Marcianum Press, Venezia 2009; Il Padre Nostro, Cantagalli, Siena 2009; Religioni, verità, libertà, Lectio magistralis di S.E. il Cardinale Angelo Scola, Patriarca di Venezia, Fondazione Magna Carta, Roma 2009; Maria, la donna. I misteri della sua vita, Cantagalli, Siena 2009; La vita buona. Dialoghi su laicità, scienza e fede, vita e morte alla vigilia del Redentore, Messaggero, Padova 2009, in collaborazione con A. Cazzullo; Buone ragioni per la vita in comune. Religioni, politica, economia, Mondadori, Milano 2010; Non uccidere, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011, in collaborazione con A. Cavarero; Famiglia risorsa decisiva. Padova : Edizioni Messaggero, 2012.


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SEBASTIANI, Sergio
(1931-

Birth. April 11, 1931, Montemonaco, diocese of San Benedetto del Tronto, Ripatransone-Montalto, Italy.

Education. Studied at the Episcopal Seminary of Ascoli Piceno; at the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Fermo; at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in theology; at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in canon law; and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome (diplomacy).

Priesthood. Ordained, July 15, 1956, Fermo. Further studies, Rome, 1956-1960. Secretary of nunciature in Perú, 1960-1962; in nunciature in Brazil, 1962-1966; auditor in nunciature in Chile, 1966-1967. Recalled to the Vatican as secretary of Cardinals Amleto Giovanni Cicognani and Jean Villot, secretaries of State, and later a head of the secretariat of the Sostituto, 1967-1974. Counselor of nunciature in France with special charge before the Council of Europe, 1974-1976. Prelate of honor, April 30, 1974.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Cesarea di Mauritania and appointed pro-nuncio in Madagascar and Mauritius and apostolic delegate in La Reunion and the Comoro Islands, September 27, 1976. Consecrated, October 30, 1976, patriarchal Vatican basilica, by Cardinal Jean Villot, secretary of State, assisted by Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, archbishop emeritus of Bangalore, secretary of the S.C. for the Evangelization of Peoples, and by Cleto Bellucci, archbishop de Fermo. Nuncio in Turkey, January 8, 1985. Secretary General of the Council of Presidency of the Central Committee for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, November 16, 1994. President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, November 3, 1997. Attended Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 19 to May 14, 1998; the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 21, 2001; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Eustachio, February 21, 2001. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Reappointed as president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, April 21, 2005. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Participated in the 40th meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, July 4, 2006. The pope accepted his resignation, presented for reason of limit of age, from the office of president of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See on April 12, 2008. Opted for the order of cardinal priests in the consistory of February 21, 2011 and at his request his deaconry was elevated pro hac vice to title. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on April 11, 2011.

Link. His arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SEPE, Crescenzio
(1943-

Birth. June 2, 1943, Carinaro, diocese of Aversa, Italy.

Education. Studied at the Seminary of Aversa (middle and ginnasiali studies); at the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Salerno (philosophy); at the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary, Rome (theology); at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in theology and a licentiate in canon law; at La Sapienza University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in philosophy; and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome (diplomacy). Besides his native Italian, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

Priesthood. Ordained, March 12, 1967, Aversa, by Antonio Cece, bishop of Aversa. Incardinated in the diocese of Aversa. Further studies, Rome. Assistant professor of sacramental theology, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome; in charge of dogmatic theology, Pontifical Urban University, Rome; published several works in theology (1). Further studies, Rome. Joined Vatican diplomatic service, 1972. Secretary of the nunciature in Brazil, 1972-1975. Called to the Secretariat of State by Giovanni Benelli, titular archbishop of Tusuro, substitute of the Secretariat of State, worked at first in the international section, particularly in charge of International Organizations and in the Office of Information and Documentation; later in the Office of "Informazione e Documentazione". Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, 1987-1992. Prelate of honor of His Holiness, October 10, 1987.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Grado and appointed secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, April 2, 1992. Consecrated, April 26, 1992, patriarchal Vatican basilica, by Pope John Paul II, assisted by Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, archbishop of Kraków, and by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State. His episcopal motto is In nomine Domini. Secretary general of the Committee of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 and of its council of presidency, November 3, 1997. President of the Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem, November 5, 1997 until July 2001.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 21, 2001; received the red biretta and the deaconry of Dio Padre misericordioso, February 21, 2001. Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and grand chancellor of the Pontifical Urbanian University, April 9, 2001. Ceased as president of Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem, July 25, 2001. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Special papal envoy to the solemn celebration of the 1950th anniversary of the arrival of St. Thomas the Apostle in India and the 450 years of the beginning of the mission of St. Francis Xavier. Both celebrations took place in Ernakulam, India, November 16 to 17, 2002. Special papal envoy to the celebrations of the Third National Eucharistic Congress of Benin, Dassa-Zoumé, November 22 to 24, 2002. Special representative of the pope to confer the episcopal consecration to Father Wenceslao Padilla, C.I.C.M., titular bishop of Tharros, first apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 29, 2003; the following day, he consecrated the new cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul of Ulaanbaatar. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the Second American Missionary Congress, Guatemala City, November 25 to 30, 2003. Member of the Special Council for Asia of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, May 28, 2004. Received, at the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, the European prize "Stefano Borgia", November 11, 2004 (2). Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Reappointed as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and grand chancellor of the Pontifical Urbanian University, April 21, 2005; occupied the post until May 20, 2006. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Named metropolitan archbishop of Naples, May 20, 2006; he was automatically elevated to cardinal priest, with his deaconry being elevated pro hac vice to title. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the "Asian Mission Congress", that took place in Chang Mai, Thailand, on October 19 to 22, 2006. Attended the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 5 to 26, 2008, on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church". On July 7, 2012, he was named pontifical legate for the consecration of the cathedral of the diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, programmed for September 9, 2012. Participated in the conclave of March 12 to 13, 2013, which elected Pope Francis. He was confirmed as member of the Congregation for the Clergy on June 9, 2014.

Links. Photograph and biography, in Italian, archdiocese of Naples; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Archbishop of Naples: Church must leave privileges aside and dedicate itself to the poor by Giacomo Galeazzi, Vatican Insider, 06/16/2012; Il cardinale Sepe: «Non vinca l'egoismo, denunciare sempre» by Antonio Maria Mira, Avvenire, 23 luglio 2012; Sepe: lottare contro abusi e prepotenzeChiesa, Avvenire, 14 agosto 2012.

(1) Among them, "La dimensione trinitaria del carattere sacramentale", published by the Pontifical Lateran University; and "Persona e storia. Per una teologia della persona", published by Edizioni Paoline.
(2) The prize is promoted by the diocese of Velletri-Segni and by the Center of Borgian Studies. Cardinal Stefano Borgia was the prefect of the S.C. of Propaganda Fide from 1802 to 1804; and in 2004, the bicentennial of his death was commemorated. As prefect, he valued the cultural aspect while constantly maintaining the missionary perspective.


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SFEIR, Nasrallah Boutros
(1920-

Birth. May 15, 1920, Reyfoun, diocese of Sarba of the Maronites, Lebanon. His first name is also listed as Nasr Allah; as Nasrallah Pierre (Boutros); and his last name as Sufayr.

Education. Studied at the Seminary of Saint Maron, Gahzir; and at Saint Joseph's University, Beïrut, where he obtained licenciates in philosophy and theology.

Priesthood. Ordained, May 7, 1950. From 1951-1955, pastoral ministry in Reyfoun and secretary of Maronite diocese of Damas. From 1956-1961, secretary of the Maronite patriarchate, Bkérké; professor of translation in literature and philosophy at the Marist Brothers Maronite School, Jounieh.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Tarso of the Maronites and appointed patriarchal vicar of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon, June 19, 1961; confirmed by Pope John XXIII, June 23, 1961. Consecrated, July 16, 1961, Bkerké, by Paul Pierre Meouchi, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, assisted by Jean Chedid, O.A.A.M., titular bishop of Arca in Fenicia of the Maronites, patriarchal vicar, and Michel Doumith, bishop of Sarba of the Maronites. Attended the Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965. Spiritual counselor to the Sovereign Order of Malta, 1980. Elected patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, April 19, 1986, Bkerké. Received the ecclesiastica communio from Pope John Paul II, May 7, 1986. Attended the Seventh Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 30, 1987; member of its general secretariat, 1987-1990. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990; the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994. President of the Assembly of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops of Lebanon.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal patriarch, November 26, 1994; received the red biretta, November 26, 1994. Attended the Special Assembly for Lebanon of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 26 to December 14, 1995; one of its three presidents delegate. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years of age, May 15, 2000. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Attended the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 5 to 26, 2008, on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church". He was one of the presidents delegate ad honorem to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which took place from October 10 to 24, 2010, in Vatican City, on the theme "The Catholic Church in the Middle East, communion and testimony. 'The multitude of those who have become believers have only one heart and only one soul' (Acts 4,32)". Resigned the office of patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in accordance to canon 126 § 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO) on February 26, 2011.

Bibliography. Sufayr, Nasr Allah ; Moubarac, Youakim. Le patriarcat maronite et la question libanaise dans les textes de Sa Béatitude le patriarche Mâr Nasrallah-Pierre Sfeir : anthologie. Réunie, traduite et présentée par Y. Moubarac. Paris : Cariscript, 1990. Notes: Translations from Arabic. Title on cover: La question libanaise dans les textes du patriarche Sfeir. Other title: Selections. French. 1990; Question libanaise dans les textes du patriarche Sfeir.


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SHAN KUO-HSI, S.J., Paul
(1923-2012)

Birth. December 3, 1923, Puyang, Hopeh, diocese of Taming (Daming), China. His last name is also listed as Shàn Guóxǐ (1).

Education. Studied philosophy at the Regional Seminary Saint Joseph, Chiughsien, from 1944 to 1946; and at the Jesuit Philosophical Institute, Berchmans College, Manila, Philippines, from 1946 until 1951, where he obtained a licentiate in philosophy (PhL); completed his theological formation at Bellarmine College, Baguio, Philippines, from 1952 to 1956 , where he obtained a licentiate in sacred theology (STL); completed his formation at the Jesuit Theologate of Novaliches, Philippines, from 1956 to 1957. Joined Society of Jesus on September 11, 1946, in Peking; took religious vows on September 12, 1948 in Peking; and the final vows on February 2, 1963, in the Jesuit novitiate in Thuduc, Vietnam. He also studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, from 1959 to 1961, where he earned a doctorate in spiritual theology. Besides Mandarin, his first language, he also spoke Latin, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Priesthood. Ordained, March 18, 1955, Baguio. Further studies, Novaliches, 1955-1957. Director of the Chinese section of Sacred Heart School, Cebu, 1957-1959. Further studies in Rome from 1959 to 1961. Minister of the house and socius of the master of novices, Thuduc, Vietnam, 1961 to 1963 . Master of novices and rector of Manresa House, Changhua, Taiwan, 1963-1970. Rector of St. Ignatius Institute, Taipei, 1970-1976. President of the Catholic Schools Association, Taiwan, 1972-1976. President of the Kuangchi Program Service, 1976-1979. Episcopal vicar of Taipei, 1976-1979.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Hwalien, Taiwan, November 15, 1979. Consecrated, February 14, 1980, by Matthew Kia Yen-wen, archbishop of Taipei, assisted by Stanislaus Lokuang, archbishop emeritus of Taipei, and by Joseph Kuo Joshih, archbishop emeritus of Taipei. His episcopal motto was Instaurare omnia in Christo. He was installed on February 14, 1980. In 1981, he was elected president of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization of the Chinese Regional Episcopal Conference. In that same year, he was named member of the office for social communications of the Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia (Fabc). In 1983, he was elected episcopal organizer of the celebrations marking the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of Father Matteo Ricci, S.J., in China. Between 1983 and 1985, he was president of the office for inter-religious dialog of the Fabc; and from 1985 to 1991, he headed its office for social communications. Elected president of the Regional Episcopal Conference of China in 1987; he was reelected for three terms until 1999. In 1987, he became member of the central committee of the Fabc. On January 25, 1991, he was named president of the National Council of Churches in Taiwan. He was transferred to the see of Kaohsiung on March 4, 1991; he was installed the following June 17.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of February 21, 1998; received the red biretta and the title of S. Crisogono, February 21, 1998. Attended the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 19 to May 18, 1998; relator general; member of the post-synodal council, May 8, 1998; he was instrumental in the invitation made to two China mainland bishops to attend the synod but they were not allowed to attend by the Chinese government and two chairs were left empty during the sessions of the assembly. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned 80 years older December 3, 2003. By papal appointment he attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Resigned the pastoral government of the diocese in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law on January 5, 2006. He had just been diagnosed with cancer; he continued to direct retreats and hold conferences, promoting evangelization on both Taiwan and China. He was member of the S. C. for the Evangelization of the Peoples; of the Pontifical Councils of Health Workers and for the Legislative Texts; of the Special Council for Asia of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops; and of the Commission for the Church in China. He was honorary chairman of Fu Jen Catholic University, which is located in New Taipei City. In October 2012, the Tzu Chi Foundation, the largest Buddhist charity in Taiwan, was going to grant him an award. He never forgot that he was a son of the Church in mainland China and always prayed for it and offered to the Holy See his valuable contribution of advice and reflection. He was heavily involved on the front of evangelization and interreligious dialogue, with a strong focus on the formation of priests and a laity well prepared. Great were his social activities with many initiatives on behalf of the poor, the sick, the elderly, exploited women, and prisoners. The cardinal intervened several times, even publicly, asking the government of Taiwan to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor and to abolish the death penalty. In recent years, he had visited all the dioceses of the island of Taiwan to offer his testimony as a terminally ill patient in the light of faith, trying to instill in people the courage to face the challenges that life presented.

Death. August 22, 2012, at 6:42 p.m., of multiple organ failure brought on by acute pneumonia, secondary to his long standing cancer, in Cardinal Tien Hospital in New Taipei. His last act was celebrating mass, only a few hours before his death, on the liturgical feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the hospital where he was a patient for a serious condition. A short time later he died to the singing of Salve Regina chanted by the counselor and chargé d'affaires of the apostolic nunciature, Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, the archbishop of Taipei, John Hung Shan-chuan, S.V.D., and various other collaborators. Upon learning of the death of the cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent a telegram of condolence to Bishop Peter Liu Cheng-Chung of Kaohsiung (2). President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Sean Chen also extended their condolences to the bishops of Taiwan. The body was brought back to Kaohsiung by Bishop Liu earlier in the day from Taipei. The body laid in repose in the parish of the Holy Family. Three requiem masses were celebrated every day in the funeral chapel. The Straits Exchange Foundation, which handles Taiwan-China affairs in the absence of official ties, said the government contacted Cardinal Shan's family in China and helping to arrange their trip to attend the funeral. The funeral took place in the chapel of St. Dominic Catholic High School, in that city, attended by thousand of people. The mass was presided over by Bishop Peter Liu of Kaohsiung and concelebrated by numerous bishops and priests. Among them Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiung, S.B.D., bishop emeritus of Hong Kong; Cardinal John Tong Hon, current bishop of Hong Kong; Savio Hon Tai-Fai, S.D.B., titular archbishop of Sila, secretary of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith; and Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, counselor and chargé d'affaires of the nunciature in China (Taiwan), who read a message from Pope Benedict XVI. In accordance with the late cardinal's wishes, the chapel was simply decorated with candles and crucifixes, and flower bouquets were not accepted. Cardinal Shan had said in his will that as he took a vow of poverty throughout his life, his departure from this world should not be in any sense luxurious. The relatives of the late cardinal from the Popular Republic of China were allowed to attend. President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan also attended the ceremony and paid tribute to Cardinal Shan's religious dedication.The cardinal said in his will that his funeral should be a simple affair, held "as the poor people would" and that the chapel should be decorated only with candles, the Bible and crucifixes, he added. He also indicated that his epitaph should include the words "Born in Christ, lived in Christ, died in Christ, forever belongs to Christ". After the funeral, the body of the late cardinal was buried in the local Catholic cemetery in a simple coffin on a site no bigger than 1 ping (3.3 square meters) in compliance with his will. A foundation will be established in the cardinal's memory to assist the disadvantaged people to continue his dedication to Taiwan's less fortunate.

Bibliography. Brender, Andreas ; Kierein-Kuenring, Mandred D. Catholic Hierarchy in China since 1307. Cluj-Napoca, 2012, pp. 171 and 288; "Shan Kuo-hsi Paul, S.I." in Annuario pontificio per l'anno 1999. Città del Vaticano : Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1999, p. 83*;

Links. Photograph and biography, in English, Wikipedia; photograph and biography, in Italian, The Holy See Press Office; photograph and biography, in Spanish, aciprensa; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Cardinal Paul Shan dies at age 88 by Chen Ching-fang and Jamie Wang, Focus Taiwan, The Central News Agency, 2012/08/22 22:27:36; Morto il cardinale di Taiwan Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi, Chiesa, Avvenire, 22 agosto 2012; Leading Catholic figure Cardinal Paul Shan passes away by Yang Chiu-ying and Jake Chung, Taipei Times, Thu, Aug 23, 2012; Card Paul Shan, the great evangeliser and unifier of the Church in China, has died, AsiaNews, 08/23/2012 03:25; Card. Gracias: prayers for Card. Paul Shan, joyful and dedicated servant of the Church, AsiaNews, 08/23/2012 10:14; Taiwan remembers Card. Shan, communicator of the faith, even during illness by Xin Yage, Asia News, 08/23/2012 12:34; Pope's sorrow for the death of Card Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, AsiaNews, 08/23/2012 13:18; Funeral of late cardinal set for Sept. 1 by Wang Shu-fen, Chang Che-fon, Emmanuelle Tzeng, Hsu Chih-wei, Chen Hung-chin and Kendra Lin, Focus Taiwan, The Central News Agency, 2012/08/23 17:57:41; Cardinal Paul Shan "belongs forever to Christ": the funeral on 1 September, Agenzia Fides, news.va, 23/08/2012; The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, L'Osservatore Romano, news.va, 2012-08-24; Burial Mass for late Catholic Cardinal Shan set for Sept. 1, Taipei Times, Fri, Aug 24, 2012; Chinese cardinal who considered cancer "A blessing", dies in Taiwan by Gerard O'Connell, Vatican Insider, 08/23/2012; El cardenal jesuíta Paul Shan, de Taiwan, será enterrado el 1 de septiembre, Internacional, Ecclesia, 23 agosto, 2012; Pope and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples condole death of Cardinal Shan, Agenzia Fides, 24/08/2012; Cardinal of Taiwan, Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi, passes away at 89, Rome Reports, 2012-08-24 15:02:58; Card. Shan's work for youth of Taiwan and mainland China by Xin Yage, AsiaNews, 08/24/2012; Pope Benedict XVI sends condolences for Cardinal by Loa Iok-sin, Taipei Times, Sat, Aug 25, 2012Card. Zen remembers Card. Paul Shan, brother, teacher and now protector from Heaven by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Asia News, 08/27/2012 10:45; Tributes for Taiwan cardinal, The Tablet, 28 August 2012.

(1) This is in Hanyu Pinyin, the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script in the People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore.
(2) This is the text of the telegram published by the Press Office of the Holy See:

The Most Reverend Peter Liu Cheng-chung
Bishop of Kaohsiung

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Bishop Emeritus of Kaohsiung. With gratitude to Almighty God, I recall his years of dedicated service there, as well as his ministry as Bishop of Hwalien and as President of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference. I offer you, the clergy, religious and lay faithful of those Dioceses, and indeed the entire Church in Taiwan, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers. In joining you and all who mourn him, including his Jesuit confreres, I commend his priestly soul to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father. To all assembled for the solemn funeral Mass, and as a pledge of peace and consolation in the Lord, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing.

Benedictus PP. XVI


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SHIRAYANAGI, Peter Seiichi
(1928-2009)

Birth. June 17, 1928, Hachioji, archdiocese of Tōkyō, Japan. He was baptized the following day by Fr.Meirand, M.E.P.

Education. In March 1945, he obtained the diploma at Gyosey (Stella Maris) Junior School, as minor seminarist of the archdiocese of Tōkyō; in March 1951, he graduated at Sophia University, Tōkyō; in 1954, he finished the specialization in theology; later he obtained a doctorate in philosophy; further studies at the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome (doctorate in canon law, June 1960).

Priesthood. Ordained, December 21, 1954, Tōkyō. Pastoral ministry in archdiocese of Tōkyō, 1954-1957; 1960-1967. Further studies, Rome, 1957-1960.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Atenia and appointed auxiliary of Tōkyō, March 15, 1966. Consecrated, May 8, 1966, Tōkyō, by Mario Cagna, titular archbishop of Eraclea di Europa, internuncio in Japan, assisted by Laurentius Satoshi Nagae, bishop of Urawa, and by Luke Katsusaburo Arai, bishop of Yokohama. His episcopal motto was Caritas Christi urget nos. Promoted to titular archbishop of Castro and appointed coadjutor, with right of succession, of Tōkyō, November 15, 1969. Succeeded to the metropolitan see of Tōkyō, February 21, 1970. Attended the Second Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to November 6, 1971. President of the Episcopal Conference of Japan, 1983-1992. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the title of S. Emerenziana a Tor Fiorenza, November 26, 1994. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, February 17, 2000. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on June 17, 2008.

Death. December 30, 2009, at 6:45 a.m. (Tōkyō time), suddenly, of cardiac infarction, at Loyola House, the home for the Jesuit aged priests, in Tōkyō's Nerima Ward, where he was recuperating. Cardinal Shirayanagi was hospitalized at the beginning of August 2009 for cardiac arrhythmia, then suffered a light cerebral hemorrhage, but recovered well after three months of rehabilitation. On December 23, he moved to Loyola House. Upon learning the news of the death of the cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent a telegram of condolence to Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tōkyō. A prayer vigil took place on January 4, 2010, at 6 p.m. The funeral of the late cardinal was celebrated on January 5, 2010, at St. Mary's cathedral, Tōkyō. The body of the cardinal was cremated following the Japanese custom. Following his cremation, the traditional "Bone Ceremony" was celebrated at the Fuchū Cemetery of Tōkyō, where he was laid to rest beside other members of the clergy.

Links. His photograph, arms, chronology, death and funeral, in English, archdiocese of Tōkyō; his arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SILVESTRINI, Achille
(1923-

Birth. October 25, 1923, Brisighella, diocese of Faenza, Italy. From a family of the middle bourgeoisie. Second of the three sons of Davide Silvestrini, a merchant, and Maria Gambaretti, a school teacher. His uncle Ludovico Silvestrini was a priest and for many years vice-rector and economous of the diocesan seminary of Brisighella.

Education. Initial studies at the school of Brisighella, where his mother was a teacher; then, he did his middle, ginnasiali and liceali studies at the Institute "Evangelista Torricelli" in Faenza; in October 1943, he entered the Seminary of Faenza; in 1944, the seminary was transferred to Villa di Mezzano because Faenza was bombarded by the Allied planes; some students, like Achille, went to live with their families; the seminary reopened in Faenza on March 5, 1945; in 1946, entered the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Bologna, where he obtained in 1948 a doctorate in classic letters with a thesis entitled Lo Statuto fondamentale degli Stati di Santa Chiesa promulgated by Pope Pius IX; sent to Rome in 1948, he was inscribed in the Pontifical Seminary for juridical studies Sant'Appollinare, and attended the Pontifical Lateran University, where he obtained a doctorate in utroque iure, both canon and civil law; at university, he was condisciple of Fathers Dino Monduzzi and Pio Laghi, future cardinals; then in 1952, he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome, to study diplomacy.

Priesthood. Ordained, July 13, 1946, cathedral of Faenza, by Giuseppe Battaglia, bishop of Faenza. He celebrated his first mass in Brisighella, assisted by his uncle don Ludovico and the archpriest. Further studies, 1946-1953. Joined the Vatican diplomatic service, section of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, Secretariat of State, on December 1, 1953; in charge of affairs of Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia in general. In 1955, he formed part of the section of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, directed by Monsignor Domenico Tardini. Privy chamberlain supernumerary, December 1, 1957; October 28, 1958. Personal secretary of Cardinals Domenico Tardini and Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, secretaries of State, 1958-1969. Prelate of honor of His Holiness, December 21, 1965. In the Council for Public Affairs of the Church, 1969-1979; in charge of the section for international organizations, peace, disarmament, and human rights; traveled to Moscow with Agostino Casaroli, titular archbishop of Cartagine, secretary of the Council for Public Affairs of the Church, to deliver the instrument of adhesion of the Holy See to the Treaty on proliferation of nuclear weapons, 1971; delegate adjunct for Consultations of Helsinki to prepare the Conference on European Security and Cooperation, 1972; participated in all the phases of the conference in Helsinki and Geneva; adjunct chief of the delegation to the Reunion of Belgrade for the verification and development of the Final Act of Helsinki, 1977; head of the Holy See delegation to the United Nations Conference on peaceful use of nuclear energy, Geneva, 1971, and to the Conference on compliance with the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Geneva, 1975. Under-secretary of the Council for Public Affairs of Church, July 28, 1973. Faculty member of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Chaplain of His Holiness, December 1, 1977.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Novaliciana and appointed secretary of the Council for Public Affairs of the Church, May 4, 1979. Consecrated, May 27, 1979, patriarchal Vatican basilica, by Pope John Paul II, assisted by Eduardo Martínez Somalo, titular archbishop of Tagora, substitute of the Secretariat of State, and by Dourasamy Simon Lourdusamy, archbishop emeritus of Bangalore, secretary of the S.C. for the Evangelization of the Peoples. In the same ceremony was consecrated John Joseph O'Connor, future archbishop of New York and cardinal. His episcopal motto is Crux fidelis arbor una nobilis. Head of the Vatican delegation for the revision of Lateran Concordat with the Italian government, 1979-1984. He was Vatican representative to the Meeting for European Security and Cooperation, Madrid, 1980-1983; to Malta, 1981; to the crisis in Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires, 1982; to Nicaragua and El Salvador, 1983; to Haiti for the modification of concordat, 1984; to the tenth anniversary of the signing of the final document of the Conference on European Security and Cooperation, Helsinki, 1985; to Malta for the agreement on religious schools, 1985; to Lebanon and Syria, 1986; to Malta for matters concerning church-state relations, 1986; to Poland, 1987.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of June 28, 1988; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Benedetto fuori Porta S. Paolo, June 28, 1988. Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, July 1, 1988. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990. Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and grand chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, May 24, 1991. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991; the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994; the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994. Attended Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Lebanon, Vatican City, November 16 to December 14, 1995; president delegate. Special envoy to the concluding celebrations of the Fourth centenary of Union of Brest, Lviv, Ukraine, October 9to 14, 1996. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997; the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 29 to May 14, 1998. Opted for the order of cardinal priests and his deaconry was elevated pro hac vice to title, January 9, 1999. Papal representative to the funeral of King Hussein, Amman, Jordan, February 8, 1999. Attended the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999. Special papal envoy to the solemn jubilar celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, exarchate monastery of S. Maria di Grottaferratta, Italy, September 7, 2000. Resigned the prefecture of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, November 25, 2000. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years of age, October 25, 2003. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the 4th centennial of the arrival in Lithuania of the brief Quae ad sanctorum, of Pope Clement VIII, which authorized the celebration of the Feast of Saint Casimir in Poland and in Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania, May 9, 2004. President of "Fondazione Sacra Famiglia di Nazareth", established by Cardinal Domenico Tardini.

Bibliography. Gordini, Gian Domenico. Due vite per la chiesa : i cardinali Pio Laghi e Achille Silvestrini celebrano quest'anno il giubileo sacerdotale. Faenza : Diocesi di Faenza-Modigliana, 1996, 25-38.

Links. Photograph and biography, in Englisg, Wikipedia; photograph and biography, in Italian, Wikipedia; photograph and biography, in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Il secondo tempo del Concilio by Filippo Rizzi, Avvenire, 25 ottobre 2013.


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SIMONIS, Adrianus Johannes
(1931-

Birth. November 26, 1931, Lisse, diocese of Rotterdam, Holland. He was the eldest of eleven siblings. His father was a dentist.

Education. Studied at the Seminary of Hageveld from 1945 to 1951; at the Major Seminary of Warmond from 1951 to 1957; at the Pontifical University of San Tommaso d'Aquino (Angelicum), Rome; and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, where he earned a doctorate cum laude in Sacred Scripture, with a thesis: concerning Jesus as the good shepherd in the gospel of Saint John. Received the diaconate on September 22, 1956, from Johannes Petrus Huibers, bishop of Haarlem, in the chapel of the Major Seminary, Warmond.

Priesthood. Ordained, June 15, 1957, cathedral of Saint Laurentius aan de Westzeedijk, Rotterdam, by Martinus Antonius Jansen, first bishop of Rotterdam. Pastoral ministry in the diocese of Rotterdam, 1957-1959: curate of the parish of Saint Victor in Waddinxveen; and a year later, curate of the parish Holy Martyrs Gorinchem in Rotterdam. Further studies, Rome, 1959-1966. From 1966 to 1970, pastor of the parish of Blessed Sacrament in The Hague; and chaplain in the Red Cross Hospital. Designated by the episcopate as a participant in the third, fourth and sixth sessions of the pastoral council, 1966-1971, in Noordwijkerhout. Canon of the cathedral chapter of Rotterdam, March 1969.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Rotterdam, December 29, 1970. Consecrated, March 20, 1971, cathedral of Saints Laurentius and Elisabeth, Rotterdam, by Cardinal Bernard Jan Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht, assisted by Petrus Joannes Moors, bishop of Roermond, and Johannes Willem Maria Bluyssen, bishop of 's-Hertogenbosch. His episcopal motto is Ut cognoscant te. Promoted to archbishop coadjutor, with right of succession, of Utrecht, June 27, 1983. Succeeded to the metropolitan see of Utrecht, December 3, 1983.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of May 25, 1985; received the red biretta and the title of S. Clemente, May 25, 1985. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985. President of the Episcopal Conference of Holland. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990; the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991; the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005; by papal appointment. On April 14, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Utrecht, Holland, presented in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law; the cardinal was apostolic administrator of the see until the installation of his successor on January 26, 2008. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on November 26, 2011.

Links. Photograph, arms and biographical information, in Dutch, archdiocese of Utrecht; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana.


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SLADKEVIČIUS, M.I.C., Vincentas
(1920-2000)

Birth. August 20, 1920, Guroniai, parish of Šv. Jurgio in Žasliai, diocese of Kaišiadorys, Lithuania. He was the youngest of the five children of Mykolas Sladkevičius and Uršule Kavaliauskaite, a family of farmers; the other siblings were Ona, Emilija, Jonas and Marija. He was baptized in that parish church. His father died when he was nine years old.

Education. Initial education at the elementary school in in Žasliai, in 1926; in 1932, he went to the Gymnasium of Kaišiadorys; in 1933, to the Catholic Gymnasium of Kaišiadorys; in 1934, to the Jesuit Gymnasium of Kaunas; from 1939 to 1944, he studied at the Theological Faculty of Kaunas, where he obtained a licentiate in theology in 1944.

Priesthood. Ordained, March 25, 1944, Kaunas, by Juozapas Skriveckas, archbishop of Kaunas. Incardinated in the diocese of Kaišiadorys. On April 10, 1944, he celebrated his first mass at the parish of Šv. Jurgio in Žasliai. From 1944 to 1948, he was chaplain in the parish of Švč. Trejybés in Kietaviškése; in the parish of Švč. M. Marijos Émimo ị dangų in Merkiné; in the parish of Kristaus Atsimainymo in Aukštadvaris; in the catheral-parish of Kristaus Atsimainymo in Kaišiadorys; in the parish of Šv. Jono Krikštytojo in Čiobiškis; in the parish of Švč. Trejybés in Nedzingéje; in the parish of Šv. Juozapo in Šešiuoliuose; and in the parish of St. Šv. Jono Krikštytojo in Kuktiškése. From 1948 to 1952, he was parish priest of Švč. M. Marijos Émimo ị dangų in Inturkéje. In 1952, he was named prefect of the Theological Seminary in Kaunas, as well as lecturer of dogmatics. In 1956, he was named named canon of the cathedral chapter of Kaišiadorys.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Abora and auxiliary, sedis datus, of Kaišiadorys, November 14, 1957. Consecrated, December 25, 1957, in secret, in the kitchen of the parish-house of Šv. Antano Paduviečio, in Birštonas, by Teofilius Matulionis, bishop of Kaišiadorys, without co-consecrators. His episcopal motto was Fac Meum Signum in Bonum. In March 1958, he was expelled from his office by the Soviet authorities. Until 1959 he lived in a private flat in Kaunas. Impeded from exercising his episcopal ministry by the government, he resided in Neumunélio Radviliškis, diocese of Panevėž ys, under virtual house arrest from 1963 to 1982; from 1970, he was allowed to administer the sacraments in private in the parish of Švč. M. Marijos in Nemunélio Radviliškis. In 1975, he joined the Congregation of the Marian Clerics of the Immaculate Conception in secret and took the final vows. In 1976, he was sent to Pabiržé, diocese of Panevéžys, until 1982; in 1980, he was allowed to celebrate the mass privately in the parish of Švč. Trejybés. Appointed apostolic administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Kašiadorys, July 15, 1982. Elected president of the Episcopal Conference of Lithuania, April 27, 1988.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1988; received the red biretta and the title of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella, June 28, 1988. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Kaunas, March 10, 1989. He received the pallium from Pope John Paul II on June 29, 1989, at the patriarchal Vatican basilica. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991. On September 6, 1993, he welcomed Pope John Paul II to Kaunas. The Holy Father referred to the cardinal as a "diligent servant of God who can undoubtedly be considered the 20th century's model of morals, service to God, truth and humanness". In 1993, he received the honorary citizenship of Kaunas. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, for having reached the age limit, on May 4, 1996. In 1998, he was decorated with the merit cross, first class, of the Order of Merit of "Vytautas Magnus" of the Republic of Lithuania.

Death. May 28, 2000, after suffering from prostate cancer for seven years, in his apartment at Valančius gatve 6, Kaunas, while receiving the last rites. The funeral was celebrated in the metropolitan cathedral-basilica of Kaunas on Thursday June 1, 2000; his remains were buried in that same cathedral-basilica (1). On June 2, 2001, in commemoration of the first anniversary of his death, in Kaunas, at M. Valančiaus gatve 6, a memorial exposition was opened in the apartment where he lived from 1990-2000. In 2001, a street in the city of Kaunas was named "Kardinolas Vincentas Sladkevicius". In 2003, a stamp with his portrait was issued by the Republic of Lithuania. In 2006, a coin with his portrait was also issued by the Republic of Lithuania.

Bibliography. Laurinavičius, Jonas. Guronys: Kardinolo Vincento Sladkevičiaus tévišké. Kaišiadorys, 1995; Laurinavičius, Jonas.Kaišiadorių krašto ž monés: 100 biografijų. Kaišiadorys : Kaišiadorių Muziejus, 2002; Laurinavičius, Jonas. Kilnus artimo meilés liudytojas (Kardinolas Vincentas Sladkevičius). Kaišiadorys, 2001; Petraitiene, Irena. Kardinolas : Jo Eminencijos Vincento Sladkevičiaus laikas ir asmenybe. Kaunas : Santara, 2000; Sladkevičius, Vincentas. Laimékime gerumu: Kardinolo V. Sladkevičiaus mintys. Compiled by Jonas Laurinavičius. Kaišiadorys, 2001; Sladkevičius, Vincentas. Padaryk mane gerumo ženklu: prisiminimai apie kardinolą Vincentą Sladkevičių. Compiled and prepared by Irene Petraitiené. Kaunas, 2003.

(1) This is the text of the inscription on his tomb, kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:

S.R.E. CARDINALIS
VINCENTAS
SLADKEVICIUS
ARCHIEPISCOPUS
METROPOLITA
KAUNENSIS 1920 - 2000

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SODANO, Angelo
(1927-

Birth. November 23, 1927, Isola d'Asti, diocese of Asti, Italy. He is the second of the six children of Giovanni and Delfina Sodano; Giovanni was a Christian Democrat deputy in the Italian Parliament for three terms from 1948 until 1963. The other siblings were Assunta, Piero, Maria and Ausilia.

Education. Studied at the Seminary of Asti; at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in theology); at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in canon law; and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome (diplomacy).

Priesthood. Ordained, September 23, 1950, Asti, by Umberto Rossi, bishop of Asti. Pastoral ministry in the diocese of Asti and professor of dogmatic theology at its seminary, 1950-1959. Successively, 1959-1968, further studies, Rome; secretary of the nunciatures in Ecuador, Uruguay and Chile. Privy chamberlain supernumerary, June 16, 1962. Chaplain of His Holiness, June 21, 1963. Official in the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, 1968-1977.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Nova di Cesare and appointed nuncio in Chile, November 30, 1977. Consecrated, January 15, 1978, cathedral of S. Secondo, Asti, Italy, by Cardinal Antonio Samorè, bishop of the title of the suburbicarian see of Sabina e Poggio Mirteto, librarian and archivist of the Holy Roman Church, assisted by Agostino Casaroli, titular archbishop of Cartagine, secretary of the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, and by Nicola Cavanna, bishop of Asti. is episcopal motto is Ut unum sint. Secretary of the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, May 23, 1988; after the reorganization of the Roman Curia, secretary of the section for the relations with the States, in the Secretariat of State, March 1, 1989. President of the Pontifical Commission for Russia. Vatican representative to the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Conference on European Security and Cooperation held in Vienna, Copenhagen, New York and Paris. Pro-secretary of State, December 1, 1990 until June 29, 1991.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1991; received the red biretta and the title of S. Maria Nuova, June 28, 1991. Secretary of State, June 29, 1991. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991. Papal legate to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady, Fátima, Portugal, May 13, 1992. Special papal envoy to the Day of Holy See, Universal Exposition of Sevilla 1992, Sevilla, Spain, June 29, 1992. Papal envoy to the funeral of Cardinal Frantisek Tomásek, archbishop emeritus of Prague, Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, Prague, August 12, 1992. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992; one of its three president delegates. Bishop of the title of the suburbicarian see of Albano, retaining in commendam the title of S. Maria Nuova, January 10, 1994. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994; the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994. Papal legate to the closing of the 8th centennial celebration of St. Anthony's birth, Padova, Italy, December 8, 1995; to the closing of the 7th centennial celebration of the shrine of Loreto, Italy, December 10, 1995. Papal legate to the 46th International Eucharistic Congress, Wroclaw, Poland, May 24 to June 1, 1997. Special papal envoy to the funeral of Mother Teresa, Calcutta, India, September 13, 1997. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997. Papal legate to the World Day of the Sick, Loreto, Italy, February 11, 1998. Attended the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 29 to May 14, 1998. Papal legate to the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the Duomo of Cologne, Germany, August 15, 1998; to the closing ceremonies of the Continental Youth Encounter, Santiago de Chile, Chile, October 10 to 11, 1998; to the 350th celebrations marking the Peace of Westphalia, in Osnabrück and in Münster, Germany, October 24, 1998. Attended the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 22 to December 12, 1998. Papal legate to the closing celebration of the European Youth Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, August 4 to 8, 1999. Attended the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999. Papal legate at the ceremony for the reopening to worship of the Upper Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and the consecration of its new papal altar, Assisi, Italy, November 28, 1999; at the dedication of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Moscow, Russia, December 12, 1999. Papal legate to the celebrations for the millennium of the archdiocese of Gniezno, Poland, held in that city, March 12, 2000; at the celebrations of the Fifth Centennial of the Evangelization of Brazil, Porto Seguro on April 26, 2000. Papal legate at the celebrations for the millennium of St. Stephen of Hungary, Budapest, August 20, 2000. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Papal legate to the dedication of the new cathedral of Tirana, Albania, January 26, 2002. Elected vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, November 30, 2002. Papal legate to the solemn celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Pope Boniface VIII; the sacred rite took place in the cathedral of Anagni, Italy, October 12, 2003. Papal legate to the solemn celebration of the 500th anniversary of the election of Pope Julius II (1503-1513); the sacred rite took place on November 30, 2003, in Savona, the native city of that pontiff. Papal legate to the solemn closing of the encounter of Central European Catholics (Mitteleuropäischer Katholikentag 2003/2004), Shrine of Mariazell, Austria, May 22 to 23, 2004. Personal representative of the pope to the state funeral of former President Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., United States of America. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Reappointed secretary of State, April 21, 2005. Bestowed on Pope Benedict XVI the ring of the Fisherman in the ceremony of the beginning of his pontificate, April 24, 2005. Elected dean of the College of Cardinals, April 27, 2005; and bishop of the title of the suburbicarian see of Ostia, proper of the dean, retaining the title of the suburbicarian see of Albano and the title, in commendam, of S. Maria Nuova, April 30, 2005. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. On June 22, 2006, the pope accepted, according to canon 354 of the Code of Canon Law, his resignation as secretary of State, asking him to remain in the post until September 15, 2006, with all inherent faculties of that office. Presided over the 40th meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, July 4, 2006. Papal legate to the celebrations of the freedom of Hungary that took place in Budapest, Hungary, on October 22 and 23, 2006. Papal legate to the solemn celebrations of the opening of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, which took place in Fátima, on May 12 and 13, 2007. Awarded, on June 5, 2007, a doctorate ad honorem in jurisprudence, by the Università Europea di Roma, the first conferred by that institution founded in 2005 by the Legionnaires of Christ. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned 80 years old, November 23, 2007. Attended the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 5 to 26, 2008, on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church"; by papal appointment. Pontifical legate to the solemn celebrations of the Millennium of Lithuania, which took place in Vilnius, on July 6, 2009. Member, by papal appointment, of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, October 4 to 25, 2009, Vatican City. Headed the Vatican delegation to the funeral of Patriarch Pavle, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, celebrated in the morning of November 19, 2009, in the cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade. Was to have been papal representative of Pope Benedict XVI in the ceremony that was held to commemorate the victims of the plane crash in Smoleńsk, which took place on April 17, 2010 in Warsaw and to the funeral of Lech Kaczyński, president of Poland, and his wife Maria, who were among the victims, on April 18, 2010 in Kraków, but was not able to travel to Poland because of the ashes of the Icelandic volcano. Józef Kowalczyk, titular archbishop of Eraclea, apostolic nuncio in Poland, read the text of the homily that the cardinal had prepared for the president's funeral. Pontifical legate to the celebrations of the 11th Eucharistic Congress of Spain, which took place from May 27 to 30, 2010, in Toledo. Pontifical legate for the consecration of the cathedral of the diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, which took place on September 9, 2012. On September 18, 2012, the pope appointed him synodal father of the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 7 to 28, 2012, on the theme "The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith". Bestowed on Pope Francis the ring of the Fisherman in the ceremony of the beginning of his pontificate, March 13, 2013.

Bibliography. Sodano, Angelo. Verso le origini. Una genealogia episcopale. Città del Vaticano : Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008; Sodano, Angelo. Chiesa e riforma. Una Chiesa da amare. Città del Vaticano : Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2014.

Links. , in Italian, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede; photograph and biography, in English, Holy See Press Office; his arms and photographs, Araldica Vaticana; Nel solco delle Beatitudini la testimonianza di don Giacomo Tantardini, Omelia del cardinale Angelo Sodano, decano del Collegio cardinalizio, nella santa messa esequiale, Roma, Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, 23 aprile 2012, 30 Giorni, tratto dal n. 05 - 2012; Sodano: riforma dai singoli alla Chiesa, interview by Roberto Rotondo, Avvenire, 4 giugno 2014; n eminent distorsion of history by George Weigel, The Pilot, 7/16/2014.


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ŠPIDLÍK, S.J., Tomáš
(1919-2010)

Birth. December 17, 1919, Boskovice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

Education. Studied at the University of Brno, Moravia, academic year 1938-1939 (philosophy); all universities in Czechoslovakia were closed by Germany on November 11, 1939. Entered the Society of Jesus; novitiate in Benesov near Prague, 1940; occupied by the Nazis in 1942, the novitiate was transferred to Velehrad, Moravia. Took religious vows, September 24, 1942; finished his philosophical studies in Velehrad, 1942-1945; studies interrupted at later times because of forced youth labor; after finishing his philosophical studies he was prefect of Velehrad's secondary school, 1945-1946, fulfilling the period called magister in the Society of Jesus; Czech and Russian languages. Sent to Maastricht, Holland, for his theological studies. Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (doctorate, June 1955).

Priesthood. Ordained, August 22, 1949, Maastricht. Finished his third probation period as a Jesuit in Florence, 1950-1951. Called to Rome to ministry at Vatican radio in the programs broadcast to the countries behind the Iron Curtain, 1951. For thirty-eight years, spiritual director of the Pontifical Nepomuceno Seminary, the former Bohemian Seminary. Professor of patristic and Eastern spiritual theology at various universities in Rome and around the world from June 1955. In the academic year 1989-1990, he became a professor emeritus. In 1989 he was chosen "Man of the Year, 1990" by the American Bibliographical Institute of Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, and, a year later, the same institute chose him as "The most admired person of the decade". On July 26,1992, the city of Uh. Brod, Czechoslovakia, awarded him honorary citizenship. He was invited to Russia many times. In April 1994, on the occasion of the publication of his Russian Ideas, the city of Troyes, France, awarded him the medal of the city as a commemoration of honorary citizenship. In 1993, the Society of Byzantine Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia, named him an honorary member. In the 1994-1995 academic year, he was named the first holder of the seat of Eastern Theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute; the inaugural lecture, "The Person's Return to Eastern Spirituality", was held on November 14, 1994. He preached the Spiritual Exercises for the pope and the Roman Curia in March 1995, encouraging the pope to write the encyclical Ut Unum Sint on ecumenism. Received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, May 1997, as one of the greatest authorities on theology and Eastern spirituality; and in December 1997, he received another one from the theological department of the University of Olomouc, Czech Republic. In October 1998, Václav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, decorated him with the medal of the Order of Masaryk, one of the highest honors of the country. In May 1999, the University of Prague conferred on him a doctorate honoris causa. Consultor of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Consultor of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. A prolific writer, he was an expert on the spirituality of Eastern Christianity (1).

Episcopate. Requested to be dispensed from the requirement of episcopal ordination and the dispensation was granted by Pope John Paul II.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of October 21, 2003; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Agata de' Goti, October 21, 2003. Promoted to the cardinalate when he was over 80 years old, and thus, he did not have the right to participate in the conclave. Addressed the cardinals at the opening of the conclave in the Sistine Chapel, April 18, 2005.

Death. Friday April 16, 2010, at 9 p.m., in Centro Ezio Aletti, Rome, where he had resided since 1991. The Centro is attached to the Pontifical Oriental Institute. The body of the cardinal was exposed in the chapel of the Centro, via Paolina 25, until the evening of Monday April 19. The exequial mass took place on Tuesday April 20, at 11:30, in the papal basilica of Saint Peter at the Vatican, and was presided by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, and concelebrated by nineteen other cardinals present. At the end of the ceremony, Pope Benedict XVI went to the basilica and addressed those present. The pontiff presided over the Ultima Commendatio and the Valedictio. After the ceremony, the body of the late cardinal was transported to Velehrad, in Moravia, Czech Republic, a place particularly loved by him because its relation to the evangelization of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and because it is a crossroad of peoples and culture. Upon learning of the death of the cardinal, the pope prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent a telegram of condolence to Father Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, superior general of the Society of Jesus, order to which the late cardinal belonged. The body of the cardinal arrived in Olomouc in the evening of April 21, 2010. The body was exposed in the chapel of Loreto, in the metropolitan cathedral of St. Wenceslas, Olomouc. On April 29, at 6 p.m., a mass was celebrated in the cathedral. The last farewell to the deceased cardinal took place on Friday April 30, at 4 p.m., in a mass celebrated in the Basilica of the Assumption and St. Cyril and Methodius, in Velehrad. The pontifical requiem mass was presided over by Archbishop Jan Graupner of Olomouc. Then the remains of the late cardinal were buried in the Royal Chapel, in that basilica.

Links. Photograph and biography, in Italian, Lipaonline; photograph and biography, also in Italian, Centro Aletti; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana.

(1) This is a list of some of his works, taken from his first biography in Italian, linked above: A due polmoni. Dalla memoria spirituale d'Europa, 1999; A partire dalla persona. Una teologia per la nuova evangelizzazione, 1994; L'arte di purificare il cuore, 1999; Il cammino dello Spirito, 1995; Conosci Cristo?. Attualità della sua Persona, 1997; Conosci il Padre?, 1998; Conosci lo Spirito?, 1997; La fede secondo le icone, with Marko Ivan Rupnik, 2000; L'idea russa. Un'altra visione dell'uomo, 1995; Lezioni sulla Divinoumanità 1995; La Madre di Dio, 2002; Narrativa dell'immagine, with Marko Ivan Rupnik, 1996; Noi nella Trinità, 2000; Pregare nel cuore. Iniziazione alla preghiera, 2006; La preghiera, secondo la tradizione dell'Oriente cristiano, 2002; Il professor Ulipispirus e altre storie, 2005; Lo starets Ignazio: un esempio di paternità spirituale, 2001; L' "uomo di Dio", 2003; Il vangelo delle feste. Riflessioni sul vangelo domenicale e festive, 2003; Il vangelo di ogni giorno. Riflessioni sul vangelo del tempo ordinario, 2001; La saggia civetta e le sue storie, 2004; Alle fonti dell'Europa. Miscellanea I, 2004; L'eucarestia farmaco di immortalità, 2005; Conosci il Padre, Cristo e lo Spirito?, 2005; "Sentire e gustare". Letture per gli Esercizi, 2006; In principio era l'arte: Alle Fonti dell'Europa. Miscellanea II, 2006; "Maranathà". La vita dopo la morte, 2007; Una conoscenza integrale. La via del simbolo, with Marco Ivan Rupnik, 2010.


Education. Loyola College, Baltimore; Saint Mary's Seminary, Baltimore (licenciate in arts); Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (licentiate in theology); Catholic University of America, Washington (master in social welfare).

Priesthood. Ordained, December 15, 1957, at the North American College, Rome, by Martin John O'Connor, titular bishop of Tespia, rector of the North American College. In the same ceremony was ordained Edward Michael Egan, another future cardinal. Pastoral ministry in the archdiocese of Baltimore, 1958-1962. Further studies, 1962-1964. Pastoral ministry in the archdiocese of Baltimore, 1964-1966. Director of Archdiocesan Catholic Charities, Baltimore, 1966-1976. Concurrently, 1966-1976, member of the pastoral council, of the Planning Team for Total Christian Education; member and president of the presbyterial council; archdiocesan consultor; and acting episcopal vicar. Chaplain of His Holiness, July 28, 1970.

Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Respetta and appointed auxiliary of Baltimore, January 19, 1976. Consecrated, February 29, 1976, cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore, by William Donald Borders, archbishop of Baltimore, assisted by Cardinal Lawrence Joseph Shehan, former archbishop of Baltimore, and by Thomas Austin Murphy, titular bishop of Appiaria, auxiliary of Baltimore. In the same ceremony was consecrated Philip Francis Murphy, titular bishop of Tacarata, auxiliary of Baltimore. His episcopal motto is In principium erat Verbum. Vicar general of Baltimore, 1976-1982. Attended the Fifth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 26 to October 25, 1980. Transferred to the see of Memphis, November 17, 1982. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Denver, May 30, 1986. President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, August 20, 1996 until October 4, 2003. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, August 20, 1996. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 21, 1998; received the red biretta and the deaconry of Gesù Buon Pastore alla Montagnola, February 21, 1998. Attended the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 29 to May 14, 1998; the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 22 to December 12, 1998; the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999; the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Special papal envoy to the dedication of the new cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, United States, September 2, 2002. Penitentiary major, October 4, 2003. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005. Special papal envoy to the solemn celebrations for the dedication of the new altar of the recently-restored co-cathedral of the archdiocese of Baltimore, United States of America, November 4 to 12, 2006. Opted for the order of cardinal priests and the title of S. Pietro in Montorio, March 1, 2008. Attended the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 5 to 26, 2008, on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church". On June 2, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation, because of age limit, from the post of penitentiary major. The pope named Fortunato Baldelli, titular archbishop of Bevagna, until then nuncio in France, to succeed him. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on July 26, 2012.

Bibliography. Bransom, Charles N. Ordinations of U. S. Catholic bishops 1970-1989. A chronological list. Washington, D.C. : National Conference of Catholic Bishops ; United States Catholic Conference, 1990, p. 171; Spalding, Thomas W. "Stafford, James Francis." New Catholic encyclopedia : jubilee volume, the Wojtyła years. Detroit, MI : Gale Group in association with the Catholic University of America, 2001, p. 416.

Links. Biography, in English, archdiocese of Baltimore; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana; Card. James Stafford will soon turn 80. Cardinal electors down to 120, video, Rome Reports, 2012-07-25 17:59:58; El cardenal Stafford cumple 80 años, ya son 120 los cardenales con menos de 80 añños. Lista de cardenales ordenada por fechas de nacimiento, Revista Ecclesia, posted 26 julio, 2012..


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STERZINSKY, Georg Maximilian
(1936-2011)

Birth. February 9, 1936, Warlack, district of Heilsberg, East Prussia, then diocese of Ermland, Germany (now Worławki, Powiat Olsztyński, Poland). His family was forced to move to Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany, in 1946, after the Second World War. His father was a brick maker; his mother died when he was eleven years old. He had five siblings. Later, the family lived in Bad Berka.

Education. Primary education in Jommendorf, East Prussia, after the escape to Thuringia; secondary education in Rönnebeck (Mark), Hauteroda and Erfurt. From 1954 to 1960, he studied at the Regional Seminary of Erfurt; later, he attended the Seminary of Neuzelle. Received the ecclesiastical tonsure, February 8, 1959, in the collegiate church of Sankt Marien in Neuzelle, from Ferdinand Piontek, vicarius capitularis of the archdiocese of Breslau; the subdiaconate, November 8, 1959; and the diaconate November 15, 1959, also from Ferdinand Piontek, then titular bishop of Barca.

Priesthood. Ordained, June 29, 1960, cathedral Sankt Marien, Erfurt, by Josef Freusberg, titular bishop of Adrianopoli di Epiro, auxiliary of Fulda. Incardinated in the diocese of Fulda, Germany. From 1960 to1962, he was chaplain of. Sankt Elisabeth in Eisenach; from 1962 to 1964, prefect and assistant at the Regional Seminary of Erfurt; from 1964 to 1966, together with Joachim Meisner, later cardinal and his predecessor in the see of Berlin and archbishop of Cologne, chaplain of Sankt Marien in Heiligenstadt; and from 1966 to 1981, parish priest at St. John Baptist in Jena. From 1981 to 1989, he was vicar general of the Bischöfliches Amt of Erfurt-Meiningen. Director of the diocesan ecumenical commission; diocesan director and counselor of St. Benno of Lipsia publishing house. On March 8, 1982, he was named prelate of honor of His Holiness.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Berlin by its cathedral chapter, May 28, 1989. Election confirmed by Pope John Paul II, June 24, 1989. Consecrated, September 9, 1989, in the cathedral of Sankt Hedwig, Berlin, by Joachim Wanke, titular bishop of Castello di Mauritania, apostolic adminsitrator of the Bischöfliches Amt of Erfurt-Meiningen, assisted by Johannes Kapp, titular bishop of Melzi, auxiliary of Fulda, and by Wolfgang Weider, titular bishop of Uzita, auxiliary of Berlin. His episcopal motto was Deus semper maior. Took possession of the see on the same day and celebrated his first pontifical mass in West-Berlin on September 10, 1989, in Sankt Matthias (Berlin-Schöneberg). In this time, the diocese of Berlin was separated in an east part (German Democratic Republic) and a west part (Germany). President of the Episcopal Conference of Berlin (German Democratic Republic) from November 7, 1989 until its suppression on November 24, 1990. From 1990, he was member of the Episcopal Conference of Germany; chairman of the commission for the East Germany Region (1990-1996); member of the ecumenical commission (1990-1996); chairman of the commission of marriage and family (1991-2011); vice-chairman of the commission for immigration (1996-2011); and vice-chairman of the pastoral commission (1999-2011).

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1991; received the red biretta and the title of S. Giuseppe all'Aurelio, June 28, 1991. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Berlin, June 27, 1994, when that ecclesiastical province was established. Received the pallium from Pope John Paul II on June 29, 1995, at the patriarchal Vatican basilica. Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education (1991-2011); member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (1995-2011); and member of the Pontifical Council for Dialog with Non-Believers (1991-1994). In 2000, he was decorated with the Great Cross of Merit, with Star and Sash of Merit, of the Federal Republic of Germany. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Resigned from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Berlin in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law on February 24, 2011.

Death. June 30, 2011, early in the morning, in Sankt Hedwig-Krankenhaus, Berlin-Mitte, after a long and painful illness. Exposed from July 6 to 9, 2011, in a chapel of the metropolitan cathedral of Sankt Hedwig, Berlin. The requiem mass for Cardinal Sterzinsky, 8th (arch)-bishop of Berlin took place on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 3.00 p.m., in that cathedral. The burial rite was headed by Bishop Weider, auxiliary emeritus of Berlin. Following the funeral, he was buried in the crypt of the cathedral, where his predecessors Bishop Christian Schreiber, Bishop Nikolaus Bares, Cardinal Konrad von Preysing, Bishop Wilhelm Weskamm and Cardinal Alfred Bengsch are also buried.

Bibliography. Pilvousek, Josef. "Sterzinsky, Georg Maximilian."Die Bischöfe der deutschsprachigen Länder, 1945 2001 : ein biographisches Lexikon. Unter Mitwirkung von Franz Xaver Bischof ... [et al.] ; herausgegeben von Erwin Gatz. Berlin : Duncker & Humblot, 2002, p. 97-98.

Links. Photograph and biographical data, in German, archdiocese of Berlin, at the bottom of the page; and his arms, Araldica Vaticana; photographs of the funeral and burial, archdiocese of Berlin.


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STICKLER, S.D.B., Alfons Maria
(1910-2007)

Birth. August 23, 1910, Neunkirchen, archdiocese of Vienna, Austria. He was the second of the twelve children of Mikeal Stickler and Teresa Schachner; his father owned a book binding business.

Education. Initial studies in Nenunkirchen; an uncle, who was a priest, sent him to the Salesian school in Vienna; there he met Fr. Giovanni Cagliero, S.D.B., future cardinal; joined the Pious Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco); entered the Salesian novitiate in Ensdorf, Germany, August 1, 1927; first religious profession, August 15, 1928; Salesian house of study in Heleneberg, near Trier, Germany, for a year; teacher for three years in the Salesian school in Vienna, where he had studied; at the same time, concluded in scientific studies in 1931; studied philosophy from 1931 until 1933, while still teaching; in 1933, went back to Germany to study theology; in 1935, he was sent to Turin to continue his theological formation; and a year later, to Rome to finish them; Institute Utriusque Iuris, Pontifical Athenaeum of S. Apollinare, Rome; Pontifical Lateran University, Rome; studied under Dr. Stephan Kuttner; doctorate in utroque iure, both canon and civil law, in July 1940.

Priesthood. Ordained, March 27, 1937, patriarchal Lateran basilica, Rome. Further studies, Rome, 1937-1940. Faculty member, canon law faculty, Salesian University, Turin, 1940-1953; dean, 1953-1958 (the university was moved to Rome in 1957); rector, 1958-1966; president of the Institutum Altioris Latinitis, 1965-1968. Attended the Second Vatican Council, 1963-1965, as expert. Prefect of the Apostolic Vatican Library, March 25, 1971. Vice-president of the International Association of History of Laws and Institutions. Member of numerous legal and historical academies. Awarded a doctorate in law, honoris causa, by the Universities of Münich, Germany; and Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria.

Episcopate. Elected titular archbishop of Bolsena and appointed pro-librarian of Holy Roman Church, September 8, 1983. Consecrated, November 1, 1983, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, by Pope John Paul II, assisted by Eduardo Martínez Somalo, titular archbishop of Tagora, substitute of the Secretariat of State, and by Rosalio José Castillo Lara, titular archbishop of Precausa, pro-president of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code of Canon Law. His episcopal motto was Omnia et in omnibus Christus. Pro-archivist of Holy Roman Church, July 9, 1984.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of May 25, 1985; received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Giorgio in Velabro, May 25, 1985. Librarian and archivist of the Holy Roman Church, May 27, 1985; resigned posts, July 1, 1988. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years of age, August 23, 1990. Opted for the order of priests and his deaconry was elevated pro hac vice to title, January 29, 1996. Among his most important works are Historia iuris canonici latini (1950); and Sacerdotium et regnum nei decretisti e primi decretalisti (1953). He also initiated the series Studia Gratiana and Studia et textus historiae iuris canonici (1).

Death. December 12, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., in his apartment in the Palace of the Holy Office, Vatican City. The exequies for the late cardinal, presided by Pope Benedict XVI, took place on Friday December 14, 2007, at 5 p.m., in the Altar of the Chair of the papal Vatican basilica. The pope delivered the homily. Several cardinals concelebrated with the pope; the two main concelebrants were Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the Cardinalitial College, and Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. After the funeral, the body of the late cardinal was buried, around 7 p.m., in the cemetery of the Salesian community in the catacomb of S. Callisto in Rome (2). His remains will be transferred to his deaconry of S. Giorgio in Velabro when the building of the definitive tomb is finished. A memorial stone placed in that church commemorates the cardinal (3). At his death, he was the oldest member of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Bibliography. Dias, João S. Clá. Cardinal Stickler: Salesian, erudite and librarian of the Holy Catholic Church. Mount Kisco, N.Y.: The Foundation for a Christian Civilization, 1987; Mejía, Jorge María. "Alfons Maria Stickler.: in I cardinali bibliotecari di Santa Romana Chiesa : la quadreria nella Biblioteca apostolica vaticana. Città del Vaticano : Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, 2006. (Documenti e riproduzioni ; 7), p. 343; Studia in honorem eminentissimi cardinalis Alphonsi M. Stickler. Curante Rosalio Iosepho Castillo Lara. Roma : LAS, 1992. (Studia et textus historiae iuris canonici ; 7).

Link. His arms, Araldica Vaticana.

(1) This are his published works between 1943 and 1990, taken from Studia in honorem eminentissimi cardinalis Alphonsi M. Stickler, p. XXI-XXVIII:
1942. De Ecclesiae potestate coactiva materiali apud Magistrum Gratianum, in Salesianum 4/1942, p. 1-23; 97-119.
1944. De potestate gladii materialis Ecclesiae secundum "Quaestiones Bamber-genses" ineditas (Cod. Ms. Can. 17 Bibl. Bambergen.), in Salesianum 6/1944, p. 113-140.
1947. Der Schwerterbegriff bei Huguccio, in Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 3/1947, p. 201-242; Il potere coattivo materiale della Chiesa nella riforma gregoriana secondo Anselino da Lucca, in Studi Gregomni, Vol. II, Roma 1947, p. 235-285.
1948. Il "Gladius" nel registro di Gregorio VII, in Studi Gregoriani, Vol. III, Roma 1948, p. 89-103; Magistri Gratiani sententia de potestate Ecclesiae in Statum, in Apollinaris, 21/1948, p. 36-111.
1949. Concerning the political theories of the medieval canonists, in Traditio 7/ 1949-1951, p. 450-463.
1950. Historia Iuris Canonici Latini. Vol. I, Historia Fontium, Augustae Taurinorum 1950, pp. XVI-468.
1951. De historiographia iuridico-canonica hodierna breves observationes, in Salesianum 13/1951, p. 554-559; Il "gladius" negli atti dei concili e dei RR. Pontefici sino a Graziano e Bereardo di Clairvaux, in Salesianum 13/1951, p. 414-445; Graziano e il suo "Decretum", in Ecclesia, 1951, p. 416-420; Der heilige Don Bosco und die Reinheit der Jugend, in Der Seelsorger 21/1951, p. 403-409; in Didascalia 7/1953, p. 391-397.
1952. Centenario Grazianeo e diritto canonico classico nel Convegno di Bologna-Camaldoli-Roma, in Salesianum 14/1952, p. 590-597; Conventus Iuris Canonici VIlI exacto saeculo ex quo decretum a Gratiano editumfuit, in Monitor Ecclesiasticus 77/1952, p. 347-360; Prospectus diversarum formarum professionis consiliorum evangelicorum, in Acta et Documenta Congressus Generalis de Statibus perfectionis, vol. I, Roma 1952, p. 500-506; Vergessene Bologneser Dekretisten, in Salesianum 14/1952, p. 476-503.
1953. "Sacerdotium et Regnum" nei Decretisti e primi Decretalisti. Considerazioni metodologiche di ricerca e testi, in Salesianum 1511953, p. 575-612; Studia Gratiana post octava Decreti saecularia. Collectanea historiae Iuris Canonici, curantibus G. Forchielli et A.M. Stickler, Voll. I-XIV, Bononiae MCMLIII-MCMLXVIII; curantibus + G. Forchielli et A.M. Stickler, Voll. XV-XXIV, Romae MCMLXXII-MCMLXXXIX.
1954. Le compagnie alla luce degli ultimi Documenti pontifici, Torino 1954; De primatu romano historia collectionum iuris canonici illustrato, in Monitor Ecclesiasticus 79/1954, p. 409-425; "Imperator Vicarius Papae...". Die Lehren der franözsisch-deutschen Dekretistenschule des 12. und beginnenden 13. Jahrh. über die Beziehungen zwischen Papst und Kaiser, in Mitteilungen des Institut fiir Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 62/1954, p. 165-212 ; Intorno a una nuova storia del diritto canonico, in Revista Española de Derecho Canónico 9/1954, p. 479-505; Sacerdozio e regno nelle nuove ricerche attorno ai secoli XII e XIII nei decretisti e decretalisti fino alle decretali di Gregorio IX, in Miscellanea Historiae Pontificiae 18/1954, p. 1-26.
1955. L'Associazione dei divoti di Maria Ausiliatrice, in L'Immacolata Ausiliatrice. Relazioni commemorative dell'Anno Mariano 1954 (Accademia Mariana Salesiana 3), Torino 1955, p. 295-312; Decretisti bolognesi dimenticati, in Studia Gratiana, Vol. III (1955), p. 375-410.
1956. Decretistica Germanica adaucta, in Traditio 12/1956, p. 593-605; Monumenta iuris canonici. De textuum iuridicorum Corpore edendo, in Monitor Ecclesiasticus 81/1956, p. 494-500; Studia et Textus Historiae ]uris Canonici, curante Alphonso M. Stockler, Vol. 1, Augustae Taurinorum 1956; Voll. 2-4, Z|rich 1964-1967; Voll. 5-6, Roma 1984-1985.
1957. Der Konkordatsgedanke in rechtsgeschichtlicher Schau, in Österreichisches Archiv für Kirchenrecht 8/1957, p. 25-38; Die Reformationsbewegungen des XVI. Jahrhunderts als verfassungsrechtliche Revolutionen, in Österreischisches Archiv für Kirchenrecht 8/1957, p. 38-48.
1958. Iter helveticum, in Traditio 14/1958, p. 462-484.
1959. Alanus Anglicus als Verteidiger des monarchischen Papsttums, in Salesianum 21/1959, p. 346-406; Problemi di ricerca e di edizione per Uguccione da Pisa e nella Decretistica classica (Congrès de Droit Canonique Médiéval), in Bibliographie de la Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique 33/1959, p. 346-406.
1960. Die Bedeutung der klassischen Kanonistik für die Geschichtswissenschaft des Mittelalters, in XIe Congrès International Historique, 1960, p. VI, 98-100.
1962. Das Mysterium der Kirche im Kirchenrecht, in Mysterium Kirche in der Sicht der theologischen Disziplinen, Vol. II, Salzburg 1962, p. 571-647; Pontificia Universitas Romana, in Seminarium N.S. 14/1962, p. 651- 670;.
1964. La continenza dei diaconi nel primo millennio della Chiesa, in Salesianum 26/1964, p. 275-302; Lo sviluppo della dottrina sui poteri nella Chiesa Universale: momenti essenziali tra il XVI e il XIX secolo. A proposito di un libro recente, in Seminarium N.S. 16/1964, p. 652-673.
1965. Der Dekretist Willelmus Vasto und seine Anschauungen über das Verhaltnis der beiden Gewalten, in Études d'Histoire du Droit Canonique dédiées à Gabriel LeBras, Vol. I, Paris 1965, p. 705-728; Ordines Iudiciarii, in Dictionnaire de Droit Canonique, VII, Paris 1965, col. 1132-1143; Uguccione da Pisa, in Dictionnaire de Droit Canonique, VII, Paris 1965, col. 1355-1362.
1966. Il Decretista Laurentius Hispanus, in Studia Gratiana, Vol. IX (1966), p. 461-549.
1967. Die Glossa Duacensis zum Dekret Gratians, in Speculum Iuris et Ecclesiarum (W.M. Poöchl), Wien 1967, p. 385-392; Zur Entstehungsgeschichte und Verbreitung des Dekrets-Apparats "Ordinaturus Magister Gratianus", in Studia Gratiana, Collectanea Stephan Kuttner II. Vol. XII (1967), p. 111-141; Zur Kirchengewalt in den Glossen der Hs. 3905B Bibl. Nat. Paris, Miscellanea André Combes II, in Divinitas 11/1967, p. 459-470.
1968. Kirchenrechtsgeschichte, in Sacramentum Mundi, Vol. II, Freiburg-Basel-Wien 1968, col. 1251-1267.
1969. Universitatswesen, in Sacramentum Mundi, Vol.. IV, Freiburg-Basel-Wien 1969, col. 1081-1104; Die Zweigliedrigkeit der Kirchengewalt bei Laurentius Hispanus, in Ius Sacrum, Paderborn 1969, p. 181-206.
1970. Le esperienze storiche nei vari periodi della vita nel diritto canonico. Diritto e Pastorale nella storia della Chiesa, in Monitor Ecclesiasticus 95/1970, p. 242-263 De notione et conceptu status religiosi sub aspectu historico, in Acta Conventus internationalis Canonistarum 21-25 mali 1968 Romae celebrati, Città del Vaticano 1970, p. 376-392; Nota storica sul celibato dei chierici "in sacris", in Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, Atti della VI Assemblea Generale, Roma, 6-11 aprile 1970, Foglio di Lavoro N. 2, Roma 1970, p. 490-501; in L'Ossewatore Romano, 2-3 marzo 1970, p. 2, e 4 marzo 1970, p. 2.; Studi Gregoriani. Per una storia della "Libertas Ecclesiae", a cura di Alfons M. Stickler ed altri, Voll. VIII-XIII, Roma 1970-1989; Tratti salienti nella storia del celibato, in Sacra Doctrina 60/1970, p. 585-620.
1971. Ergäntzungen zur Traditionsgeschichte der Dekretistik, in Bulletin of MedievalCanon Law, N.S. vol. I, Berkeley 1971, p. 73-79; L 'évolution de la discipline du célibat dans l'Église en Occident de la fin de l'âge patristique au Concile de Trente, in Sacerdoce et célibat. Études historiques et théologiques, Publiées par Joseph Coppens, Gembloux-Louvain 1971, p. 373-442 (traduzione inglese, vedi 1972; traduzione italiana, vedi 1975); La funzione della scienza storica di diritto canonico nella codificazione pio-benedettina e per la riforma attuale del diritto canonico, in L 'Année Canonique 15/1971, p. 525-550; La genesi degli apparati di glosse dei decretisti, presupposto fondamentale della critica del loro testo, in La critica del testo, Atti del secondo Congresso Internazionale della Società Italiana di Storia del Diritto, Firenze MCMLXXI, p. 771-781.
1972. The evolution of the discipline of celibacy in the Western Church from the end of the Patristic Era to the Council of Trent, in Priesthood and Celibacy, a cura di J. Coppens, Milano-Roma 1972, p. 503-597; Importanza e funzione della cultura nella Chiesa e nelle Istituzioni ecclesiastiche di oggi, in Rivista di Pedagogia e Scienze Religiose 10/1972, p. 304-316; Der Kaiserbegriff des Bernardus Compostellanus Antiquus, in Studia Gratiana, Voi. XV (1972), (Post scripta), p. 105-124; La proprietà fondiaria della Chiesa nella società medievale, in Miscellanea Historiae Ecclesiasticae, IV, Congrès de Moscou, Août 1970, Édité par Robert Peters (Bibliothèque de la Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, Fascicule 56), Louvain 1972, p. 3-42; La "sollicitudo omnium Ecclesiarum" nella canonistica classica, in Comunione interecclesiale - Collegialità - Primato - Ecumenismo, Acta Conventus Internationalis de Historia sollicitudinis Omnium Ecclesiarum, Romae 1967, Curantibus Iosepho D'Ercole, Alphonso M. Stickler (Communio 12-13), Roma 1972, p. 547-586.
1974. Papal infallibility - a thirteenth-century invention? Reflexion on a recent work (Tierney), in The Catholic Historical Review 60/1974, p. 427-441 (traduzione italiana, in Rivista di Storia della Chiesa in Italia 28/ 1974, p. 583-594); Die Zweigliedrigkeit der Kirchengewalt bei Franz Schmier (1689-1728), in Festschrift Nikolaus Grass, I, Innsbruck 1974, p. 349-360.
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1976. Introduction aux travaux du Colloque, in Conservation et reproduction des manuscrits etimprimés anciens. Colloque international organisé par la Bibliothèque Vaticane 21-24 oct. 1975, a cura di Alfons M. Stickler (Studi e Testi, 276), Città del Vaticano 1976, p. 80-84; La norma canonica nel primo millennio della Chiesa. III Congresso Internazionale di Diritto Canonico, Pamplona, in Ius Canonicum 16/ 1976, p. 15-38; Ursprung und gegenseitiges Verhältnis der beiden Gewalten nach den Miniaturen des Gratianischen Dekrets, in Studia Gratiana, Mélanges G. Fransen II., Vol. XX (1976), p. 339-359.
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(2) This is the inscription in his tomb, kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:

Card. ALFONS M. STICKLER
N. AUSTRIA 23.8.1910        M. ROMA 12.12.2007

(3) This is the text of the inscription on the stone, kindlky provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:
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Cardinale ALFONS MARIA STICKLER
Neunkirchen 23 VIII 1910 - Roma 12 XII 2007


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SUÁREZ RIVERA, Adolfo Antonio
(1927-2008)

Birth. January 9, 1927, San Cristóbal de las Casas, México. Son of Adolfo Suárez Solórzano and Alicia Rivera. He had five brothers and sisters.

Education. Studied at the Conciliar Seminary of Chiapas, San Cristóbal de las Casas (humanities, for four years); at the Archdiocesan Seminary of Xalapa (philosophy, for one year); at the Pontifical Seminary of Montezuma, New Mexico, United States of America (philosophy, for three years); at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (theology, for four years; licenciate in theology); and at the Latinamerican Catechetical Institute, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 1962 (catechesis, for one year).

Priesthood. Ordained, March 8, 1952, chapel of the Pontifical Collegio Pio Latinoamericano, Rome, by Alfonso Carinci, titular archbishop of Seleucia di Isauria, secretary of the S.C. of Rites. Successively, further studies, Rome; in Chiapas: spiritual director and faculty member, diocesan seminary; major official and secretary of episcopal curia; diocesan assessor of the Christian Family Movement and of the Catholic Action Youth; director of the diocesan office for catechesis; pastoral ministry; vicar general.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Tepic, May 14, 1971. Consecrated, August 15, 1971, by Carlo Martini, titular archbishop of Abari, apostolic delegate in México, assisted by José Salazar López, archbishop of Guadalajara, and by Samuel Ruiz García, bishop of Chiapas. Attended the III General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Puebla, México, January 27 to February 13, 1979. Transferred to the see of Tlalnepantla, May 8, 1980. Attended the Sixth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29 to October 28, 1983. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Monterrey, November 8, 1983. President of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, 1988-1991 and 1991-1994; during his presidency the Church obtained juridical recognition; and the diplomatic relations between México and the Holy See were reestablished. Attended the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992. Apostolic administrator sede vacante of Ciudad Victoria, November 3, 1994 to December 1995.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the title of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario, November 26, 1994. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, January 25, 2003. Did not participate in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI, for reasons of health. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old, January 9, 2007.

Death. March 23, 2008, at 1:25 a.m., of a brain hemorrhage, Hospital Murguerza, Monterrey. His body was exposed in the Minor Seminary of Monterrey, where hundreds of faithful paid their respects. On March 24, 2008, a funeral mass was celebrated in the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey and later, he was buried in the area of the crypts of the metropolitan cathedral of Monterrey, which is under the main altar; it was built in the 1970s and there repose the remains of all the bishops and archbishops of Monterrey as well as the remains of Father Raymundo Jardón, whose process of beatification was initiated by Cardinal Suárez Rivera; the remains of the cardinal were placed at 6:30 p.m. in the crypt next to the one of the 8th archbishop of Monterrey, Alfonso Espino y Silva, who ordered the construction of the crypts. On March 31, 2008, the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas granted him the medal of merit "Manuel Velasco Suárez".


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SUQUÍA GOICOECHEA, Ángel
(1916-2006)

Birth. October 2, 1916, Zaldivia, diocese of San Sebastián, Spain. One of the thirteen children of José Ignacio Suquía y Justa Goicoechea.

Education. Studied at the School of the Brothers of Christian Schools (La Salle), Beasain, 1925-1927; at the Minor Seminary of Saturrarán, Motrico, Guipúzcoa, 1927-1931; at the Major Seminary of Vitoria, 1931-1936; when the Spanish Civil War started in 1936, he was destined to the fort of Guadalupe as soldiers' instructor; in 1939, he travelled to the Benedictine monastery of Maria Laach, Germany, to study liturgy but when the Second World War started in that same year, he quickly returned to Spain; finally, he also studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1946-1949, obtaining a doctorate in theology with the highest grades, with the thesis: "La santa Misa en la espiritualidad de San Ignacio de Loyola".

Priesthood. Ordained, July 7, 1940, chapel of the Seminary of Vitoria. Successively, 1940-1946, pastoral ministry in the diocese of Vitoria; counselor of the Young Men Catholic Action; director of houses of spiritual exercises in Madrid and Bilbao. Further studies, Rome, 1946-1949. Pastoral ministry in the diocese of Vitoria, 1949-1951; faculty member of its seminary, 1951-1955; rector, 1955-1965. Faculty member of the School of Social Assistants and of the Center of Superior Religious Studies; counselor of the Catholic National Association of Propagandists; director of the Diocesan Secretariat for spiritual development of the city of Vitoria; canon penitentiary of the cathedral of Vitoria, 1954-1966; vice-president of the Institute of Spirituality, Pontifical University of Salamanca; pastoral ministry in Cuba as chaplain of the Brothers of Christian Schools (La Salle) and director of the house of spiritual exercises of Santa María del Rosario, in the province of La Habana.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Almería, Spain, May 17, 1966; consecrated, July 16, 1966, in an open esplanade, Almaerí, by Antonio Riberi, titular archbishop of Dara, nuncio in Spain, assisted by Lorenzo Bereciartúa, bishop of San Sebastián, and by Francisco Peralta y Ballabriga, bishop of Vitoria. Transferred to the see of Málaga, November 28, 1969. Promoted to metropolitan see of Santiago de Compostela, April 13, 1973. Attended the Fifth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 26 to October 25, 1980. Transferred to the archbishopric of Madrid, April 12, 1983.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of May 25, 1985; received the red biretta and the title of Gran Madre di Dio, May 25, 1985. Attended the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 24 to December 8, 1985; the Seventh Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 30, 1987. President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference from 1987 until 1993. Special papal envoy to the Bolivarian Marian Eucharistic Congress, Lima, Perú, May 7-15, 1988. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990. Special papal envoy to the 4th centennial celebration of St. John of God's death, Segovia, Spain, December 14, 1990. Named metropolitan archbishop of Madrid, when the archbishopric was established as a metropolitan see. July 23, 1991. Papal legate to the closing ceremonies of the Ignatian Year, shrine of Loyola, San Sebastián, Spain, July 31, 1991. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991; the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 12 to 28, 1992. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, July 28, 1994. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years of age, October 2, 1996.

Death. July 13, 2006, at 1:45 a.m., after a long illness and complications related to old age, at his home in San Sebastián, Spain. His burial took place on Saturday July 15, 2006, in the chapel of San Isidro, in the metropolitan cathedral of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid (1).

Bibliography. Echeverría, Lamberto de. Episcopologio español contemporáneo, 1868-1985 : datos biográficos y genealogía espiritual de los 585 obispos nacidos o consagrados en España entre el 1 de enero de 1868 y el 31 de diciembre de 1985 . Salamanca : Universidad de Salamanca, 1986. (Acta Salmanticensia; Derecho; 45), p. 127.

(1) This is the text of the inscription in his tomb kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici from Malta:

ANGEL CARDENAL SUQUIA GOICOECHEA
DEL TITULO DE LA EXCELSA MADRE DE DIOS
1916 - 2006
OBISPO DE ALMERIA 1966 - 1969 Y DE MALAGA 1969 - 1973
ARZOBISPO DE SANTIAGO 1973 - 1983
ARZOBISPO DE MADRID 1983 - 1994


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ŚWIĄTEK, Kazimierz
(1914-2011)

Birth. October 21, 1914, Valga, then archdiocese Minsk-Mohilev (Russian Empire), now apostolic administration of Estonia (Republic of Estonia). Son of Polish immigrants Jan Świątek and Weronika Kromplewska. He was baptized in the parish of Sāpju Dievmātes, Riga. In 1917, when he was three years old, he was deported with his mother, his older brother Edward and his younger sister Izabela to Siberia; they remained there until 1922. His father died in 1920 in the Polish-Russian war, defending the city of Vilnius against the Bolsheviks. From 1922, he lived with his mother and siblings for a short time in Duksztach; then, in Baranowicze, Poland.

Education. Primary and secondary education in Baranowicze; finished at the gymnasium Tadeusz Reytan in 1932. Entered the Major Seminary of St. Thomas Aquinas, Pinsk, Belarus, Soviet Union, on September 8, 1933, influenced by Zygmunt Łoziński, bishop of Pinsk from 1925 to 1932.

Priesthood. Ordained, April 8, 1939, cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Pinsk, by Kazimierz Bukraba, bishop of Pinsk, a few months before invading Soviet forces occupied eastern Poland, where his parish was located. Incardinated in diocese of Pinsk. From April 21, 1939 to April 21, 1941 he was curate and later, after he was called as chaplain of the Polish Army in May 1939, administrator of the parish in Pruž any, diocese of Pinsk. On April 21, 1941, he was arrested and kept in the Brest prison, where in the course of two months he was interrogated fifty-nine times and sentenced to death. He stayed for two months isolated on death row, awaiting his execution. On June 21, 1941, he was released by the people of the town, taking advantage of the disorder caused by the German offensive. Father Świątek walked back to his parish, but found it occupied by the Gestapo, which made it difficult for him to exercise his priestly ministry. When the offensive of the Soviet Red Army was approaching in 1944, he stayed with his parishioners. He was again arrested on December 17, 1944 and sent to prison in Minsk, where he spent five months. On July 21, 1945, he was sentenced to ten years of forced labor and five years of deprivation of civil rights. In September 1945, he was interned in the Marwinsk labor camp in eastern Siberia, where he stayed for two years; seeing that he was able to hold the work and the cold, they transferred to him on December 3, 1947 to the field of Workuta, in the Arctic, where he worked in construction sites, with a terrible cold and very little food. He was freed, June 16, 1954. Pastor of the cathedral of Pinsk, December 1, 1954 until April 11, 1989. Chaplain of His Holiness, February 2, 1988. Vicar general of the diocese of Pinsk, April 11, 1989. On October 29, 1990, he was received by Pope John Paul II. in the Vatican, who called him "a man of legend".

Episcopate. Elected archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev and named apostolic administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Pinsk, April 13, 1991. Consecrated, May 21, 1991, cathedral of Pinsk, by Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, titular archbishop of Ippona Zarito, apostolic administrator of European Russia, assisted by Władysław Jedruszuk, titular bishop of Clisma, apostolic administrator of the Polish territory of the diocese of Pinsk, and by Edward Kisiel, titular bishop of Limata, apostolic administrator of the Polish territory of the archdiocese of Vilnius. His episcopal motto was Mater Misericordiae. Received the pallium from Pope John Paul II. on June 29, 1991, at the patriarchal Vatican basilica. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the title of S. Gerardo Maiella, November 26, 1994. He was older than 80 years when created a cardinal and, therefore, never had the right to participate in the conclave. Attended the Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999. In 2000 he was decorated with the order Ecce Homo (Odznaczeni Orderem Ecce Homo), a Polish church decoration, intended for those who prove the truth of their actions words: "This man is proud." On September 27, 2004, Pope John Paul II awarded him the Fidei Testis (Witness of Faith) prize, conferred by the "Pope Paul VI Institute" in recognition of heroism in living the faith. On June 14, 2006, the pope accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev that he had presented in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. He continued to carry out the office of apostolic administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Pinsk until June 30, 2011. On November 23, 2006, M. Jacques Chirac, president of France, decorated him with the order of a commander of the Legion of Honor (L'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur), as the man, who for the citizens of France, embodies the history of the Belarusian people from the last seventy years. The cardinal resigned the presidency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Belarus on June 14, 2006, since he was no longer a diocesan bishop; he was elected for the first time on February 11, 1999, and served for three year terms until his resignation. On May 19, 2010, he broke a leg and after a refracture on March 8, 2011, his condition was very serious. On April 7, 2011, an operation was necessary, and since then, the cardinal was unconscious and in a coma. He was the first cardinal of Belarus and the oldest cardinal of the Church who headed a diocese.

Death. July 21, 2011, at 9.00 a.m., in the Central Hospital in Pinsk. At the moment of his death, his nephew, who is a physician in the Central Hospital in Pinsk and was on duty that morning; and Valeriy Kravets, his driver and assistant for 35 years, were with him. A first requiem mass took place on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 1.00 p.m., in the cathedral of Minsk. After the ceremony the body of the late cardinal lay in state until the last mass in this cathedral took place. Then the remains were transferred to Pinsk. The requiem mass in Pinsk took place on Monday July 25, 2011, at noon, in front of the cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, presided by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Kraków, Poland, as representative of the pope. Concelebrants were Cardinal Jānis Pujats, archbishop emeritus of Riga, Latvia, and Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev and apostolic administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Pinsk. Also present were all the bishops of Belarus and bishops from Poland and the Ukraine. Before the burial rite, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz delievered very emotional words to the late cardinal and payed high respects to a "real servant of God". Then, the coffin was brought by six priests in a procession into the cathedral, accompanied by the bishops and the clergy. The body of the cardinal was buried in a marble sarcophagus in the crypt of that cathedral.

Bibliography. Bransom, Charles N. Revue des ordinations épiscopales. Mango, Fla. : Charles N. Bransom, 1994, no. 1-2, p. 9; Prokop, Krzysztof Rafał. Polscy kardynałowie. Kraków : Wydawnictwo WAM, 2001, pp. 423-426.

Links. Photograph, arms and biography, in English, Catholic.by, Roman Catholic Church in Belarus; photograph and biography, in English, Wikipedia; Belarus: Cardinal who survived the gulag has died, in English, Independent Catholic News; his arms, Araldica Vaticana; photo gallery of the funeral and burial in the cathedral of Pinsk, Catholic.by.


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SZOKA, Edmund Casimir
(1927-2014)

Birth. September 14, 1927, Grand Rapids, United States of America. Son of Casimir Szoka, from Belarus, and Mary Wolgat, from Poland. They divorced when Edmund was about three years old. He was raised in the Muskegon area.

Education. Studied at Saint Paul's Seminary, Grand Rapids; at Saint John's Interdiocesan Seminary, Plymouth (bachelor of arts); at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit (theology); and at the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome (licentiate in canon law). He spoke fluent Polish.

Priesthood. Ordained, June 5, 1954, St. Peter cathedral, Marquette, by Thomas Lawrence Noa, bishop of Marquette. Pastoral ministry in the diocese of Saginaw and secretary to its bishops, 1954-1962; accompanied Bishop Thomas Lawrence Noa to the first session of the Second Vatican Council, 1962; chaplain at the Sawyer Air Force base, 1956. Further studies, Rome, 1957-1959. In Saginaw, official of the diocesan ecclesiastical tribunal, 1960-1971; assistant to the chancellor secretary, 1962-1969; pastoral ministry, 1962-1971. Prelate of honor of His Holiness, November 14, 1963. Vicar for religious and vicar general of Marquette, 1968-1971; chancellor, 1971.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Gaylord, June 11, 1971. Consecrated, July 20, 1971, Our Lady of Mount Carmel cathedral, Gaylord, by Cardinal John Francis Dearden, archbishop of Detroit, assisted by Charles Alexander Salatka, bishop of Marquette, and by Joseph Crescent McKinney, titular bishop of Lentini, auxiliary of Grand Rapids. His episcopal motto was To live in faith. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Detroit, March 21, 1981. Attended the Sixth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29 to October 28, 1983.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of June 28, 1988; received the red biretta and the title of Ss. Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio, June 28, 1988. Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of Holy See, 1989. President of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, January 22, 1990 to October 15, 1997. Resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese, April 28, 1990. Attended the Eighth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 28, 1990. Special papal envoy to the National Catechetical Congress, Manila, Philippines, December 5 to 8, 1990. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Vatican City, November 28 to December 14, 1991. Special papal envoy to the Holy See's Day, International Exposition, Taejon, South Korea, September 19, 1993. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994; the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 29, 1994. Special papal envoy to the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of 26 Japanese saints, Nagasaki, Japan, February 5, 1997. President of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City, October 14, 1997. Special papal envoy to the ceremonies of the reconsecration of the cathedral of Minsk, Belarus, October 21, 1997. Attended the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 16 to December 12, 1997; the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 29 to May 13, 1998; the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, November 22 to December 12, 1998. Special papal envoy to the concluding celebrations for the 450th anniversary of the first evangelization of Japan, in Kagoshima, October 11, 1999. Special papal envoy to the millennial celebrations of archdiocese of Wrocław, Poland, June 24, 2000. President of the Governatorato for the State of Vatican City, February 22, 2001. Papal delegate to the inauguration of the "Pope John Paul II Cultural Center" in Washington, United States, March 21-22, 2001. Attended the Tenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30 to October 27, 2001. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Reappointed president of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City, April 21, 2005. Attended the Eleventh General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 2 to 23, 2005; by papal appointment. On June 22, 2006, the pope accepted, according to canon 354 of the Code of Canon Law, his resignation as president of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City and president of the Governatorato of the same state, asking him to remain in the posts until September 15, 2006, with all inherent faculties of those offices. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned eighty years old on September 14, 2007. He resided in Northville, Michigan.

Death. Wednesday night August 20, 2014, of natural causes, in a hospital at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. Upon learning the news of the death of Cardinal Szoka, Pope Francis prayed for the eternal repose of his soul and sent Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit a telegram of condolence (2). Funeral services and visitation will taketook place at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Visitation took place Sunday and Monday between 2:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. as well as Tuesday morning between 9:00 a.m.and 11:00 a.m. His funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m., and presided by Archbishop Vigneron. Burial took place at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

Bibliography. Carson, Thomas. "Szoka, Edmund Casimir." New Catholic encyclopedia : jubilee volume, the Wojtyła years. Detroit, MI : Gale Group in association with the Catholic University of America, 2001, p. 417-418.

Link. His arms Araldica Vaticana.

(1) This is the text of the telegram, taken from the Press Office of the Holy See:

To The Most Reverend
Allen H. Vigneron
Aarchbishop of Detroit

Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, archbishop emeritus of Detroit, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese. Recalling with gratitude the late Cardinal's tireless episcopal ministry in Gaylord and Detroit, and his years of service to the Apostolic See and the Vatican City State. I willingly join you in commending the soul of this generous servant of Christ and the Church to the merciful love of God our heavenly Father. To all who mourn Cardinal Szoka in the hope of the resurrection I cordially, impart my Apostolic Blessing Has a pledge of Consolation and peace in the Lord.

FRANCISCUS PP.

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