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Marc Cardinal Ouellet
CBC News Online | Feb. 24, 2005
Marc Ouellet, Canada's newest cardinal, was born June 8, 1944, in Lamotte, near Amos, Que. He is now one of three Canadian members of the Assembly of Cardinals that eventually will elect a new pope.
His rise through the ranks of the Roman Catholic Church has been said to be meteoric. Ouellet has also been described as papabili (pope-able), partly because of his ability to communicate the faith and his intellectual strength.
However, as cardinals go, he is still fairly young.
Feb. 10, 2005:
Tells reporters in Rome that Pope John Paul II should not resign, despite continually failing health, because he still has important lessons to teach.
"I think after the great service he has given us for 27 years, he deserves to die as Pope."
Jan. 20, 2005:
Issues an open letter to all Canadians regarding the need to defend marriage against radical redefinition. The letter states same-sex marriage "is offensive to the moral and religious sensibility of a great number of citizens, both Catholic and non-Catholic."
Sept. 28, 2003:
Appointed Cardinal of Quebec by Pope John Paul II.
Nov. 15, 2002:
Becomes Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada.
March 19, 2001:
Pope John Paul II ordains Ouellet a bishop.
March 3, 2001:
Named secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Chair of dogmatic theology at the John Paul II Institute (Washington, D.C.).
Becomes seminary rector of Edmonton.
Becomes seminary rector of Montreal.
Becomes seminary rector of Manizales, Colombia.
Receives PhD in theology from Gregorian University (Rome).
Receives philosophy degree from The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Rome).
May 25, 1968:
Receives theology degree from the University of Montreal and becomes priest for the Amos parish.
Receives technical teaching degree from Laval University.
June 8, 1944:
Born in Lamotte, near Amos in northwestern Quebec.