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Aloysius Matthew Cardinal Ambrozic
CBC News Online | Feb. 24, 2005

Aloysius Matthew Cardinal Ambrozic was born on Jan. 27, 1930, in Gabrje, Slovenia. As the Second World War drew to a close, his family crossed the border into Austria where they lived in refugee camps in Vetrnj, Peggez and Spittal an der Drau. Three years later, the family moved to Canada. In 1955, Ambrozic was ordained a priest in Toronto.

By 1976, Ambrozic was named a bishop. He succeeded Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter as Archbishop of Toronto in 1990. In February 1998, Pope John Paul II named him a cardinal.

Ambrozic has done a lot of work with immigrant and displaced people since becoming a bishop. He also played a key role in securing World Youth Day for Toronto in 2002.

Timeline

Jan. 18, 2005:
Writes Prime Minister Paul Martin asking him to introduce legislation affirming the traditional definition of marriage and to invoke the "notwithstanding clause" to allow Canadians five years to fully debate the issue.

"It will give time for Canada to observe the social experiments now under way in Belgium and the Netherlands, and in other places where legislation implementing same-sex marriage might occur," he wrote.

Feb. 21, 1998:
Appointed cardinal.

October 1994:
Appointed by the Vatican as one of the Canadian delegates to the 1994 Synod on the Consecrated Life. The special meeting focused on the role of people who devote their lives to religion.

June 1990:
Appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

March 17, 1990:
Succeeded a retiring Cardinal Carter as Archbishop of Toronto.

May 22, 1986:
Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Toronto, second-in-command to Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, the Archbishop of Toronto.

May 27, 1976:
Ordained as a bishop.

March 26, 1976:
Appointed auxiliary bishop of Toronto. His responsibilities include pastoral care of the Central Region and of the ethnic communities. It's the first of several postings that involve work with immigrant and/or displaced people.

1970-76:
Professor of New Testament exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology. Also serves as dean of studies at St. Augustine's Seminary from 1971-76.

1967:
Goes to Germany to further his studies, obtaining a doctorate in theology from the University of W�rzburg in 1970.

1960-67: Returns to Toronto where he teachers scripture at St. Augustine's Seminary. 1957-60:
Postgraduate studies in Rome, where he received a licentiate in theology at the Angelicum and a licentiate in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. June 4, 1955:
Ordained as a priest in Toronto. In his first year as a priest, he serves as curate at St. Teresa's Parish in Port Colborne, Ont.

1948:
Enters St. Augustine's Seminary to study philosophy and theology.

May 1945:
As the Second World War draws to a close, Ambrozic's family slips out of what would become Yugoslavia into Austria. They spend three years in refugee camps before emigrating to Canada, where they settle in Toronto.

Jan. 27, 1930:
Born in Gabrje, Slovenia.




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