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28, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I gh Vatican official named archbishop of St. Louis By JERRy FILTEAU Catholic News Service 'SI4INGTON (CNS) John Paul II has named also has been secretary of the College of Cardinals. The sec- retary is the only noncardinal allowed to enter a secret con- " clave when it convenes to elect ilShP .Justin Rigali, one pope. i:u^tP American offi- a new In St. Louis Archbishop _'"= vatican, to head Rigali succeeds Archbishop 'chdiocese of St. Louis. John L. May, who was forced hbishop Rigali, 58, has b ^'the He! to retire for health reasons in I Y See nearly 30 December 1992, following it;a_nmg when he en- surgery for a brain tumor. =cretariat of State The appointment was an- Ploatic school in 1964. erved m the Secretariat nounced Jan. 25 in Washing- ton by Archbishop Agostino te as a diplomat In Ca 'Tascar i ..... " cciavillan, papal pro-nuncio - " tu6-70, head to the United States. ecretariat,s En hsh " ng Secti ...... g - The pope is making a sacn- If the ,:-i v'/o-85, and rice in losing this close collabo- 'IJllica]l ,=Plmatic school rator," said Vatican press 00.o00e00mao doa00uin 00ava00ro 'aul VI': 9" He was Valls. "The expertise that 11  tE DRIVERS? 0  _."ua'. y for discounts A,,, ,,[UClent discount '" frlorrle S 0 ;I r, . diSCounts Unver discounts az=A __ ENCY JAMESA NIEMEIER  --."b993, Mater Dei Class of '69 tac,.. ,-," Built in 1825 for Noon Day . Ol'ach Stop & Trading Post '4ALLY RECOGNIZED AS NA OL)EST RESTAURANT IN INDIA L00I,3-NORTH OF EVANSVILLE ., r OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD ! I i STAGE COACH 3i, ' . " STOP 00th,, Ori00ina, Log Roo00 00uraham L00ncoln was b'NN'E00 November 1844 ..- - ERVED by Ala Carte Menu FAMILy STYLE for 4 or More u taught Beer - Wine- Cocktails e,'. uINING ROOM SEATING 500 , ""rag 13inner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. religious life. He was ordained for the Los " Angeles Archdiocese April 25, 1961, after studies at Los An- geles College, Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fer- nando, and St. John's College and St. John's Seminary in Ca- marillo. After six months in parish work, in October 1961 he went to Rome for graduate studies in canon law, and he remained there except for his three-and- a-half year stint in Madagas- car. When the Second Vatican Council began, he served as priest-assistant in St. Peter's Basilica for the 1962 and 1963 sessions. In 1964-66 he attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Acad- emy in Rome, the Vatican's school for young priests enter- ing the diplomatic service. Upon graduation he was as- signed to Madagascar as an aide at the apostolic delega- tion. When the Holy See and Madagascar established formal diplomatic relations in 1967, the delegation was made a nunciature and he was its first secretary. He was also made a monsignor. He returned to Rome in 1970 as director of the English sec- tion of the Secretariat of State and chief translator for Pope Paul VI whenever the pope participated in meetings con- ducted in English. He accom- panied Pope Paul on his final international trip, a visit to eight nations in Asia and the South Pacific. In 1972.73 he also taught at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He developed a reputation in Rome for discretion, loyalty and hard work. After Pope John Paul II was elected in 1978, starting a new era of papal travel, Msgr. Rigali was often in the papal entourage if the itinerary in- cluded visits to any English- speaking countries. He accom- panied the pope to the United States in 1979 and 1987. In 1985 Pope John Paul named him an archbishop and president of the Pontifical Ec- clesiastical Academy, making him the first American to head the church's diplomatic school in its 284-year history. He re- mained with the Secretariat of State as a consultor. The pope ordained him to the episcopate Sept. 14, 1985, in the cathedral of Albano, Italy, a short distance from the papal summer residence in Castelgandolfo. In 1988 the pope made him a member of the Congregation for Bishops. He was the only supernumerary member --- one who is neither a cardinal nor a bishop heading a diocese. In the Curia reform of 1988, when the pope established the Council of Cardinals and Bish- ops to assist the Relations With States section of the Sec: retariat of State, Archbishop Rigali was one of two archbish- ops named to the council along with 35 cardinals. He was also named that year as a counselor to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He left his diplomatic school and Secretariat of State posts when he was made secretary of the Congregation for Bishops in December 1989. But he re- ceived a number of new ap- pointments, most notably that of secretary of the College of Cardinals, which he was given one month later. He was made a member of the permanent interdicasterial commission that coordinates work of various Vatican de- partments in matters of changes in local churches. He also became a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity and a member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. In February 1990 he was named a consultor to the Con- gregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and in June he moved from counselor to mem- ber of the Latin America com- mission, which is under the di- rection of the Congregation for Bishops. In addition to his Vatican duties, Archbishop Rigali over the years also worked in vari- ous parishes and seminaries in Rome and was chaplain for many years to the cloistered nuns at the Monastery of St. Joseph in Rome. He was made a member of the Knights of Malta in 1984 and of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in 1986. The only other Americans in Rome ranking equal to or higher than Archbishop Rigali are Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary; Cardinal Ed- mund C. Szoka, president of the Prefecture for the Eco- nomic Affairs of the Holy See; and Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communica- tions. Archbishop May, 71, was archbishop of St. Louis for nearly 13 years before he re- tired Dec. 9, 1992. Although surgery for a malignant brain tumor was successful, anticon- vulsant drugs and other treat- ment following surgery left him too weak to govern the archdiocese. ::,i - Tuesday. Saturda vSed Sunday and MTnday I of Southwestern Indiana tN '=sville Telephone 867-3216 [ .d RITA ELPERS, proprietors Sharing your blessings Spreading YOU r generosity 11 [ Institute of Philan