He was counselor of the apostolic nunciature in Argentina for a year from 1960 to 1970.
Cardinal Edward Cassidy passed away today at the age of 96 in the Australian city of Newcastle. A life devoted to the service of the Holy See, he served mainly as a Vatican diplomat, then as a substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican in 1988, and finally as president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
Edward Idris Cassidy was born on July 5, 1924, in Sydney, Australia. I study at St. Colomban Seminary, in Springwood; at St. Patrick’s College in Manly; at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (doctorate in canon law); and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome.
Ordained a priest on July 23, 1949, he worked pastorally in the diocese of Wagga Wagga, 1950-1952, continued his studies in Rome, and in 1955 entered the diplomatic service of the Vatican.
He was a secretary at the internunciature in India, 1955-1962; supernumerary secret waiter, on July 3, 1956; and on June 21, 1963; auditor of the nunciature in Ireland, 1962-1967; counselor of the nunciature in El Salvador, 1967-1969; counselor of the nunciature in Argentina, 1969-1970.
Elected titular archbishop of Amanzia and appointed pro-nuncio in the Republic of China (Taiwan), on October 27, 1970, consecrated, on November 15, 1970, in Rome, by Cardinal Jean Villot, Secretary of State.
I pronounce in Bangladesh, January 31, 1973; apostolic delegate in South Africa and delivered in Lesotho, March 24, 1979; pronounced in Holland, on November 6, 1984; substitute of the Secretary of State for General Affairs, on March 23, 1988, and president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity on December 12, 1989.
Created cardinal in the consistory of June 28, 1991, by Pope Saint John Paul II.
Papal Envoy to the celebrations in the Marian Shrine of Zarvanycia, in Ukraine, for the IV centenary of the Union of Brest and the celebration of the 350 years of the Union of Uzhorod, on May 19, 1996 and to the celebrations that mark the millennium of Christianity in Iceland, Reykjavik, June 1-2, 2000. +