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Cardinal Leon Josef Suenens


Born in Belgium in 1904, Cardinal Suenens was ordained as a priest in 1927.  He served as Archbishop of Malines-Brussels (1961-1979) and was made a Cardinal in 1962. Sharing the vision of Pope John XXIII for renewal in the Church, he was one of four Moderators of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), greatly influencing its agenda. Cardinal Suenens embraced charismatic renewal, recognising the Holy Spirit’s work in all streams of the Church. Over the years he made untiring efforts to demonstrate unity among Christians. He died in 1996.