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Vatican Report: Edward Egan to Zenon Grocholewski

4/11/2005 - 5:30 AM PST

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 11, 2005 (Zenit) - This is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope.

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Edward Egan, 73
Archbishop of New York

Edward Michael Egan was born April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in December 1957 and holds a licentiate in theology and a doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian University, Rome.

After serving as a curate, and as secretary to Cardinal Albert Meyer, he was assistant vice rector of the North American College (1960-64). On returning to Chicago he was vice chancellor (1964-68) and co-chancellor for human relations and ecumenism (1968-72). From 1972 to 1985 he was a prelate auditor of the Roman Rota and taught judicial practice at the Studio Rotale and the Gregorian University.

In April 1985 he was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York, receiving episcopal ordination that May 22. He was transferred to the residential see of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in November 1988 and promoted to archbishop of New York in May 2000.

He was elevated to cardinal in February 2001. He was relator general for the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2001.

Curial membership:

* Family (council)
* Cultural Heritage (commission)
* Apostolic Signature (tribunal)
* Economic Affairs of the Holy See (office)
* Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See

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Péter Erdő, 52
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and primate of Hungary

Péter Erdő was born June 25, 1952, in Budapest, Hungary. He was ordained a priest in June 1975 and holds doctorates in theology and canon law.

He was a professor of theology in the Faculty of Theology of the Archdiocese of Esztergom and at the Gregorian University. He was rector of Rome's Hungarian Pontifical Institute.

He served as professor, department head, dean and rector of the Theological Academy Péter Pázmány, and was principal of the Postgraduate Institute of Canon Law. He also taught at the Pontifical Catholic University Argentina, in Buenos Aires, and at the Lateran University.

In January 2000 he was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of Szekesfehervar. He is now president of the Commission of Ecclesiastical Law of the bishops' conference of Hungary.

In December 2002 he was named archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and primate of Hungary. He was elevated to cardinal in October 2003.

Curial membership:

* Catholic Education (congregation)
* Legislative Texts (council)
* Apostolic Signature (tribunal)

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Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, 71
Archbishop of Santiago, Chile

Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Santiago. He was ordained for the Schönstatt Fathers in July 1961 and holds a licentiate in ...

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