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Cardinal Jose Da Cruz Policarpo: Profile of a Candidate for Pope

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Who is Cardinal Jose Da Cruz Policarpo?:

Jose Da Cruz Policarpo was born on February 26, 1936, near Lisbon, Portugal.

Background and Early Life of Jose Da Cruz Policarpo:

Jose Da Cruz Policarpo has served as a seminary rector, a theology professor, and head of the Portuguese bishops’ conference. He was named a cardinal in 2001.

Current Status of Jose Da Cruz Policarpo:

Jose Da Cruz Policarpo is archbishop of Lisbon, Portugal.

Theology of Jose Da Cruz Policarpo:

Jose Da Cruz Policarpo is theologically moderate, not pushing too hard for either conservative or liberal positions. This could make him an ideal compromise candidate. He has, however, made enemies among staunch conservatives — for example, by criticizing the “Dominus Iesus” document of 2000 which stated that all other faiths were “deficient.”

Assessment of Jose Da Cruz Policarpo:

Jose Da Cruz Policarpo is not well known because he has spent most of his life working in Portugal. He is, however, evidently popular among the cardinals and this means that he may have a chance at winning — especially if the cardinals wish to elect someone that isn’t an “expected” choice by outsiders.

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