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Cardinal Schotte

Cardinal Schotte

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Cardinal Schotte
H.E. Jan Pieter Card. SCHOTTE CICM
Former Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
Sunday, April 29, 1928
10 January 2005 (Aged 77)
Cardinal since:
Monday, February 28, 1994
Cardinal Deacon of S Giuliano dei Fiamminghi

Born on April 29, 1928 in Beveren-Leie, Belgium, Cardinal Schotte entered the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM, also known as the Missionaries of Scheut) in 1946. Ordained on August 3, 1952, he at first studied to be a missionary in China, learning Chinese. But he was never to go to China. From 1956 to 1962, he was Vice-Rector of the Congregation's Theological Seminary at Louvain. From 1963 to 1966 he served as the Rector of the Immaculate Heart Mission Seminary in Washington, D.C. He came to Rome in 1967 as Secretary General of the Immaculate Heart Congregation, a position he held until 1972, when he began his service with the Vatican Curia, culminating in his nomination as Secretary General of the Bishops' Synod on April 24, 1985. He was named Titular Bishop of Silli on December 20, 1983, and Archbishop of the same city on April 24, 1985. Schotte was made a cardinal by John Paul II during the Consistory of November 26, 1994.

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