Cardinal Priest of S Cesareo in Palatio (Deaconry raised pro hac vice)
Cardinal Deskur was born in Sancygniow, in the diocese of Kielce, Poland, on February 29, 1924, into a family of French origin. He studied Law at the Jagellonic University of Krakow, where he was secretary of the most important Polish student association, the Bratniak. He then entered the Seminary of Krakow and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Krakow on August 20, 1950. He studied Moral Theology at the University of Freiburg, and in 1952 was called to Rome to work in the Secretariat of State. Before the Second Vatican Council, he was secretary of the committee which dealt with and from 1973 to 1984 he served as President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, establishing the Vatican Press Office. Cardinal Deskur was named Titular Bishop to the Church of Tene by Paul VI on June 17, 1974, and promoted to Archbishop on February, 1980. He was then elevated to the cardinalate by John Paul II during the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He has always been one of John Paul II's most trusted advisors.