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- Published: Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:13
TITULAR CHURCH FOR SWISS CARDINAL
With the recent consistory where twenty four new cardinals were created, each cardinal was given a Roman church for his titular church.
Cardinal Karl Koch, previously archbishop of Basel, Switzerland, is now the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He succeeded the retiring Cardinal Walter Kasper in June this year. He has been named the titular cardinal of the church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Corso di Rinascimento. The church’s back entry is in Piazza Navona. The MSC Italian Provincial House is in Corso di Rinascimento.
A previous titular Cardinal was the famous Cardinal Ottaviani who featured so prominently in the preparations for and in the sessions of the Second Vatican Council. He was the head of the Holy Office and took quite conservative stances on theological issues.
Cardinal Ottaviani was celebrating the Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the church in 1963 when word came through that Pope John XXIII had lapsed into unconsciousness after saying ‘Ut Unum Sint’ (‘That they may be one’). The tearful cardinal hurried to the Vatican and many, including MSC students went to hold vigil in Piazza San Pietro. And, in the morning, the Pope regained consciousness and asked for a cup of coffee just as bedraggled students dragged themselves home. The next day was Pentecost Sunday – just the right day for the Pope to die. However, John XXIII always defied expectations and died on the Monday evening, June 5th, just as a crowded Mass in the piazza came to an end.