Cardinal Schotte, Papal Envoy to Immaculate Conception Celebrations in U.S.

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Cardinal Jan P. Schotte as his special envoy to the closing celebration of the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.



Cardinal Schotte, secretary general emeritus of the Synod of Bishops and president of the Holy See's Labor Office, will participate in the celebration to take place on Dec. 8 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Belgian-born cardinal was ordained a priest in 1952, and studied canon law at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, from 1953 to 1956, and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, from 1962 to 1963. In 1963 he became rector of the Immaculate Heart mission seminary in Washington, DC, USA, where he served until 1966.

Since 1967 he has been intensely involved in international and social issues in Rome, and has worked in the Curia holding various posts since 1972.