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Vatican Report: Stephen Hamao to Michael Kitbunchu

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 13, 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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Stephen Hamao, 75
President of Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers

Stephen Hamao was born on March 9, 1930, in Tokyo. He was ordained a priest Dec. 21, 1957, and holds a degree in canon law.

He served as chaplain for the Catholic university students of the Archdiocese of Tokyo. In April 1970 he was ordained auxiliary bishop of Tokyo.

In 1979 he was named bishop of the Diocese of Yokohama, where he was responsible for various commissions of the bishops' conference of Japan.

He was also a member of the Council of the Synod of Bishops and head of the Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.

Since 1998, when he was also raised to the dignity of archbishop, he has been president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. He was elevated to cardinal in 2003.

Curial membership:

* Evangelization of Peoples, Sainthood Causes (congregations)
* Cor Unum, Justice and Peace (councils)
* International Eucharistic Congresses (committee)

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Julián Herranz, 75
President of Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts

Julián Herranz was born on March 31, 1930, in Baena, Spain. He was ordained a priest on Aug. 7, 1955, for the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a licentiate in medicine with a specialization in psychiatry and a degree in canon law.

Father Herranz was a professor at the University of Navarra. In 1960, he was called to service in the Roman Curia. In 1983 he was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law.

In 1990, following the re-naming of the commission (today the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts), he was appointed as secretary, receiving episcopal ordination Jan. 6, 1991.

In 1994 he was raised to archbishop and appointed president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts. He was elevated to cardinal in 2003.

Curial membership:

* Bishops, Sainthood Causes, Evangelization of Peoples, Divine Worship and the Sacraments (congregations)
* Laity (council)
* Ecclesia Dei (commission)
* Apostolic Signature (tribunal)

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Cláudio Hummes, 70
Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil

Cláudio Hummes was born on Aug. 8, 1934, in Montenegro, Brazil. He was ordained a Franciscan priest on Aug. 3 1958, and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Antonianum, Rome, and a specialization in ecumenism from the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Geneva.

He taught philosophy at the Franciscan seminary in Garibaldi, at the major seminary of Viamão and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Porto Alegre.

He was adviser for ecumenical affairs to the bishops' conference of Brazil, provincial of Rio Grande do Sul (1972-75) and president of the Union of Latin American Conferences of Franciscans.

In March 1975 he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Santo André and received episcopal ordination that May 25. He became bishop of the see that Dec. 29.

In May 1996 he was promoted to archbishop of Fortaleza and was appointed to São ...

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