Cardinals Update : Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta (Indonesia), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector


On Saturday, 20 December 2014, Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, S.J., Cardinal-Priest of S. Cuore di Maria, Cardinal Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta (Indonesia), 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 Darmaatmadja was born at Muntilan in the Central Java Province of Indonesia, then was the Dutch colony of the Dutch East Indies on 20 December 1934.

Cardinal Darmaatmadja was made Cardinal-Priest of S. Cuore di Maria by Pope St. John Paul II in the 1994 Consistory of Cardinals on 26 November 1994, the sixth Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Darmaatmadja was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Semarang, a position which he held from 1983 to 1996, and being one of the heart of Christianity in Indonesia at the island of Java. After that Cardinal Darmaatmadja became the Metropolitan Archbishop of Jakarta from 1996 to his retirement in 2010.


Cardinal Darmaatmadja did not attend the 2013 Papal Conclave which elected Pope Francis due to his ill health and deteriorating eyesight, even though he was still a Cardinal-elector then.

May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Darmaatmadja 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 the shepherd of the many faithful in Indonesia, in the two Archdioceses of Semarang and Jakarta.


(Above is Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja just after the 1994 Consistory)

The College of Cardinals now stands at 208 members in total, with 111 Cardinal-electors and 97 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 9 Cardinal-electors as compared to the maximum number of electors allowed in the Conclave of 120.

Next Cardinal-elector to age out (80) will be Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo (Italy), the President Emeritus of the Governorate of the Vatican City State on 3 January 2015.

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