Cardinal Stafford

January 21, 1998

FEW PEOPLE in the Archdiocese of Baltimore were surprised to see the name of Archbishop J. Francis Stafford on the list of 22 new cardinals announced by Pope John Paul II this week. As a native of Catonsville, graduate of local Catholic schools, former head of Associated Catholic Charities, auxiliary bishop and urban vicar for the archdiocese, Cardinal Stafford has a deep and lifelong association with this community.

While archbishop of Denver, Cardinal Stafford played host to Pope John Paul II and some 400,000 other Catholics at World Youth Day in August 1993, a huge but peaceful gathering sometimes referred to as the "Catholic Woodstock." The new cardinal was also credited with helping to persuade the pope to visit Baltimore in 1995. Now, as head of the Vatican's Council for the Laity, he plays a central role in encouraging lay participation in the life of the church. His role cannot help but be enhanced by his elevation into the College of Cardinals.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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