On Tuesday, 23 September 2014, Cardinal Franc Rode, C.M., Cardinal-Deacon of S. Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life (Slovenia), 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 Franc Rode was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 5 September 1934.
Cardinal Rode was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2006 Consistory of Cardinals on 24 March 2006, the first Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Rode was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, the branch of the Roman Curia in charge of all religious orders and all matters pertaining to religious life and profession, a position he held from 2004 to 2011. Before that, Cardinal Rode was the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the greatest and largest see in the country of Slovenia, from 1997 to 2004.
May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Rode 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 just as he had once done in his long service to the Church, particularly his contributions as a member of the Roman Curia in helping the actions of the Holy See and the Pope.
The College of Cardinals now stands at 210 members in total, with 113 Cardinal-electors and 97 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 7 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 Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B. (Italy), the Cardinal Secretary of State Emeritus of the Secretariat of State and the current Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of the Apostolic Camera on 2 December 2014.