Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Via Lata (Deaconry raised pro hac vice)
Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy was born in Sydney, Australia on July 5, 1924. He was ordained on July 23, 1949 at Saint Mary's Cathedral. Named titular Archbishop of Amanzia on October 27, 1970, he was also made Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the National Republic of China (Taiwan) in the same year. In 1972 he was appointed both Apostolic Delegate to Burma and the first Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to newly-independent Bangladesh. In March, 1979, Cassidy was named Apostolic Delegate to South Africa and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Lesotho. He was later posted to the Netherlands, still in the capacity as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, and on March 23, 1988, he was called to Rome to serve as Substitute of the Secretary of State for General Affairs. On December 12 of the following year, he became President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. John Paul II made him a cardinal during the Consistory of June 28, 1991.