Cardinal Francesco Monterisi (Italy), Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus of Papal Basilica of St.Paul Outside-the-Walls turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

On Wednesday, 28 May 2014, Cardinal Francesco Monterisi, Cardinal Deacon of S. Paolo alla Regola, Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus of Papal Basilica of St.Paul Outside-the-Walls (Italy), turned 80, and therefore, according to the rules written in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he lost his right to vote in any future conclave.


Cardinal Francesco Monterisi was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Paolo alla Regola by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2010 Consistory of Cardinals on 20 November 2010, the third Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Monterisi was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Archpriest of one of the four Papal Major Basilica, that is the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, which he held since 2009 to 2012 until his retirement from active Church service.

Raymond Leo Burke

May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Monterisi with a blessed old age and health. May he remain strong in the faith and hopefully can perhaps still continue to work great graces and good works of love and peace even after he has been retired to the people as the helper of the Vicar of Christ our Pope, as he continues to minister to the people of God.


The College of Cardinals now stands at 215 members in total, with 118 Cardinal-electors and 97 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 2 Cardinal-elector as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120.

Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo (Brazil), on 8 August 2014.

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