Wednesday, April 04, 2007

World's oldest Cardinal: 70 years a priest...

Rome, Mar. 27, 2007 ( - Cardinal Alfons Stickler, the oldest living member of the College of Cardinals, received a letter of congratulations from Pope Benedict XVI on March 27, as he celebrated the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Cardinal Stickler, who is approaching his 97th birthday, was ordained as a Salesian priest in St. Peter's basilica on March 27, 1937. In 1983 he became the Vatican archivist and librarian, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. He was raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

In his letter to the Austrian prelate, who is now living in retirement in Rome, Pope Benedict praised him for his "charm and affability" as well as the "charity and piety" he displayed during his years of service to the Church. The Pope's letter was written in Latin.

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