Ivan Cardinal Dias Ivan Cardinal Dias
Prefect of Propaganda Fidei, Roman Curia
Cardinal Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella
Apr 14, 1936
Feb 21, 2001
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English 'I am upset at the media hype'
Apr 12, 2005
Dr Olaf Dias, younger brother of Cardinal Ivan Dias, is upset. “Though I hate publicity, I’m forced to speak as the unwarranted media hype about my brother is upsetting me.”

(mid-day.com, April 4, 2005) Dias is the brother of the archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Ivan Dias. Since Pope John Paul II’s illness and subsequent death, the cardinal’s name has generated media hype as the person likely to be the next pope.

Says Dr Dias, “I was hurt that even when the Holy Father was alive, the media discussed the papacy. Why should the papacy be discussed in his lifetime?

This was morally wrong. It is also sad to see that the media highlighted the names of three cardinals of India, overlooking the names of other cardinals from other countries.”

He added that his prayer were with all the cardinals who would take part in the conclave to choose the new pope, that God direct them to cast the right vote. There are 117 other cardinals from among whom the pope will be chosen.

“Pope John Paul II taught the world to love, forgive and respect human dignity. He also championed the cause of the youth, the underprivileged, the marginalised and the poor. He also opened the door to inter-religious dialogue —– showing us that peoples of different faiths could leave in harmony for the betterment of mankind,” said Dias.

He said that the pope’s death was a great loss to the entire world because he left no stone unturned in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, but did so practically,” Dias added.

Before dying the pope communicated to the pilgrims who had come to the Vatican that “I came to see you and now you have come to see me,” which expressed his gratitude for those who stood by him in his dying moments.

To the manner born

Cardinal Ivan Dias (68) is the second eldest amongst four brothers including Lt. General Francis Dias (Retd.), Ralph Dias and Dr Olaf Dias. While Francis was born in Pune the other brothers were born and brought up in Bandra.

Dr Olaf says that their mother Maria was a housewife who expired in 1991, while their father Carlos Nazario Dias was employed as Under Secretary (Home Department) in the Morarjee Desai government. Their father expired in 1953.

Man of mettle

If Cardinal Dias gets to be the next pope, here’s what he will bring with him

Born: April 14, 1936, Bombay.

Education: Seminary of Bombay; Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome; Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (doctorate in canon law).

Speaks: Hindi, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Profession: Ordained, December 8, 1958, Bombay, by Cardinal Valerian Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay. Pastoral work in Bombay, 1958-1961.

Further studies, Rome, 1961-1964. Privy chamberlain of His Holiness, December 4, 1964. Worked in the secretariat of state preparing the visit of Pope Paul VI to the International Eucharistic Congress of Bombay, 1964.

Episcopate: Elected titular archbishop and appointed pro-nuncio in Ghana, Togo and Benin, May 8, 1982.

Consecrated: June 19, 1982, Vatican City, by Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, secretary of State.

Nuncio: In Korea, June 20, 1987. Nuncio in Albania, October 28, 1991. Apostolic administrator of apostolic administration of Southern Albania, 1992-1996.

Transferred to metropolitan see of Bombay, November 8, 1997. Attended Special Assembly for Asia of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 19-May 14, 1998.

Cardinalate: Created cardinal priest in the consistory of February 21, 2001,  received the red biretta and the title of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella, February 21, 2001.

Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, March 10, 2001.

Attended X Ordinary Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 30-October 27, 2001; president delegate.

Special papal envoy to the celebrations programmed in Tirana, April 25, 2003, for the 10th anniversary of the papal visit to Albania.
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