Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes: Our Lady of La Vang, celebrating with NCW in Orange County for the Holy Mass with Bishop Kevin Vann

Born 5 September 1934, is a German Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (1995–2010), and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. Cordes was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Lorenz Jäger on 21 December 1961. He then served as Prefect of Studienheim Sankt Klemens for late vocations of the dioceses of Paderborn and Münster until 1966. From 1966–69, Cordes was Prefect of Collegium Leonium, the archdiocesan seminary of Paderborn. In 1972, he was called to the secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Germany, where he served as relator for pastoral affairs. He entered the service of the Roman Curia upon his appointment as Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on 11 March 1980. On 2 December 1995, Cordes was made President of Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and he was raised to the rank of archbishop.

...Last night was a night to remember as Cardinal Cordes came in with Bishop Kevin Vann at our Lady of La Vang in Santa Ana. The mass was completely full with Fr. Angelo, Fr. Mike and Fr. Randy followed in procession at his side.

The Catechist Giuseppe said that, Cardinal Cordes was instrumental early on in supporting the way in the early 1980’s when he was in Vatican with John Paul II. In 1990, he was the first Vatican official delegated to and was ask by John Paul II to follow the Way.

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