Cassidy, Edward Idris

Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, was born on July 5, 1924 in Sydney, Australia.

After having finished his secondary schooling in Parramatta, Sydney, he took a state government job in New South Wales, and for about three months he worked at the Ministry of Transport and Traffic Control. In February 1943 he entered the seminary of St. Colombia in Springwood, and the following year he attended the College of St. Patrick in Manly, where he finished his studies. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 23, 1949 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. From 1950 to 1952 Father Edward served in the parish of Yenda in the diocese of Wagga Wagga.

Beginning in 1952 he studied Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, earning his doctorate in 1955 with high honours for his historical and juridical study on the Apostolic Delegate of the Church. In 1953 he trained at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy at Piazza della Minerva. He received his diploma and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His first post was at the Apostolic Internunciature in India (1955-1962); he then spent five years, from 1962 to 1967, at the Apostolic Nunciature of Dublin; two years in El Salvador (1967-1969); one year in Argentina.

He was elected Titular Archbishop of Amanzia on October 27, 1970 and at the same time he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of China (Taiwan). He received episcopal ordination on November 15, 1970. In 1972 he was appointed the first Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Bangladesh, a country that had just obtained independence, as well as the Apostolic Delegate to Burma. On March 25 1979 he was named Apostolic Delegate to South Africa and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Lesotho, assignments he held until November 6, 1984, when he was sent as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Netherlands.

On March 23, 1988 Archbishop Cassidy was appointed Substitute of the Secretary of State for General Affairs, the post he filled until December 12, 1989, when he was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, March 3, 2001.

President Delegate of the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, November-December 1998.

He was also member of the Committee of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of June 28, 1991, of the Title of S. Maria in via Lata (St. Mary in Via Lata), deaconry elevated pro hac vice to presbyteral title on February 26, 2002.

Ads by Google
(What's this?)


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 29, 2015

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:1-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:1-20

Text only

Follow us: