(College of Cardinals Update) Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (Italy), President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts turned 80 and becomes ineligible to participate in a future Papal Conclave

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, Cardinal Deacon of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has turned 80 on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. Therefore, in accordance to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he can no longer vote in a future Papal Conclave.

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was the Auxiliary Bishop of Milan from 1993 to 2007. In 2007, he was appointed as the President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, a position he held until the present day.

He was made a Prince of the Church, as the Cardinal Deacon of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami at the Consistory of 18 February 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Christ.

We pray for Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, that even in his retirement years, he may continue to inspire the faithful and the Church, and keep strongly the teachings of the Church. May he have a good health and be blessed all the days of his life. Ad multos annos!

Currently, there are 117 Cardinal-electors in the College of Cardinals, which means that there are 3 vacancies for Cardinal-electors available at the moment. The next Cardinal to age out will be Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Major Penitentiary Emeritus of the Apostolic Penitentiary (Italy) on 29 March 2018.

(College of Cardinals Update) Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio (Italy), President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People turned 80 and becomes ineligible to participate in a future Papal Conclave

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, Cardinal Deacon of San Cesario in Palatio, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has turned 80 on Saturday, 3 February 2018. Therefore, in accordance to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, he can no longer vote in a future Papal Conclave.

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio has served the Church for many years in the diplomatic service, as the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio of many countries from 1985 to 1989 (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) and 1989 to 1994 (Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Mali) and then later as the Apostolic Nuncio to the same countries from 1994 to 1997 before his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon (1997 to 2001) and Kuwait (1997-2001).

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in 2001, and he was appointed as the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, a position he held from 2003 to 2017. He was made a Prince of the Church, as the Cardinal Deacon of San Cesario in Palatio at the Consistory of 18 February 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Christ.

We pray for Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, that even in his retirement years, he may continue to inspire the faithful and the Church, and keep strongly the teachings of the Church. May he have a good health and be blessed all the days of his life. Ad multos annos!

Currently, there are 119 Cardinal-electors in the College of Cardinals, which means that there is 1 vacancy for Cardinal-electors available at the moment. The next Cardinal to age out will be Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo (Italy) on 20 February 2018.

Passing of Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti at the age of 90

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Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti of Italy, the Cardinal-Priest of S. Agnese in Agone, and Pontifical Delegate Emeritus for the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, has passed away at the age of 90 on Wednesday, 10 April 2013.

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Cardinal Antonetti was created Cardinal in the Consistory of 21 February 1998, and his passing made changes to the composition of the College of Cardinals. The College of Cardinals now consists of 205 members, out of which 113 are Cardinal-electors and 92 are Cardinal non-electors (reduced by 1 due to Cardinal Antonetti’s passing).

Barring any future deaths, the next event involving the College of Cardinals would be the aging out of Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium from the electorate on 4 June 2013, when he turns 80.

College of Cardinals : Cardinal Severino Poletto turns 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

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Cardinal Severino Poletto, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Torino in Italy, and Cardinal Priest of S. Giuseppe in Via Trionfale, who was elevated to the cardinalate on 21 February 2001 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, turns 80 today, Monday, 18 March 2013.

As such, Cardinal Poletto ceases to be a Cardinal-elector as of today, and lost in voting rights in any future Conclave, according to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis.

The College of Cardinals now stands at 206 members, out of which there are 114 Cardinal-electors (minus one due to Cardinal Poletto) and 92 Cardinal non-electors.

12 reasons why Cardinal Angelo Scola may be the next Pope : My chosen Papabile

Cardinal Angelo Scola attends a mass in Duomo Cathedral in Milan

Cardinal Angelo Scola (12 reasons why I think he is the best of all the other Candidates, a frontrunner, and should be elected Pope) :

1. Strong in faith and theology : Yes, an intellectual disciple of Pope Benedict XVI, and is as strong as our Pope Emeritus on theology and his deep knowledge of the faith and the Church

2. Close and capable to work with youths : Yes, will be Pope for the youths indeed, and have been working closely with youths in many occasions, especially in his pastoral ministry in Venice and now Milan.

3. Twitter : Already had, and had actively tweeted in the past! Will be no problem to continue to @Pontifex!

4. Italian and other languages : Yes, and Bishop of Rome definitely must speak fluent Italian! Also fluent in several other languages, including English.

5. Interreligious dialogue : Yes, and knowledgeable about Islam in particular, and have been active in reaching out to Christian minorities in the Middle East and the Muslim world.

6. Tradition : Strong in liturgy and tradition, a tradition-based Pope just like Pope Benedict XVI, we need a strong anchor of faith! A close and personal understanding of the liturgy through its beauty can only serve to strengthen the faith of the faithful and the Church.

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7. Charisma : Yes, strong charisma and outreach, and also has a global persona and able to connect with youths and other sections of the society.

8. Poverty and charity of the Church : Being born into low-middle income family, made him to have a close connection and personal connection to the poor and the less fortunate in the Church and the world.

9. Age : At 71, is at the prime age for Pope. Not too old (Pope Benedict XVI was elected at 78 and yet managed to lead an almost 8 year Pontificate), and therefore he will be expected to lead for 15-20 years, and relatively healthy, which is what the Cardinals seek. Not too young, and very experienced.

10. Experience (Curia) : Significant term as the Rector Magnificus of Pontifical University, and then as the President of the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II for Studies of Marriage and Family.

11. Experience (Pastoral) : Experience as Bishop of Grosetto, and long experience as the Patriarch of Venice, and also a great job as the Archbishop of Milan. Hence, being accorded the extremely rare honour of having headed to of Italy’s and the world’s most influential dioceses.

12. Bioethics and Family : Knowledgeable and had published books in bioethics (and also many other topics, totalling more than 120 volumes in total), and very supportive of marriage and family, and definitely strong in the matter, being the former President in the Pontifical Institute on the Family (see number 10). It is necessary to have a strong leader in the issue at the time when the institution of marriage and the family is under constant and increasingly serious attacks.

Passing of Cardinal Jean Honore, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Tours at age of 92

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Cardinal Jean Honore, who was the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Tours and was made Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria della Salute a Primavalle by Blessed Pope John Paul II in February 2001, has passed away on Thursday, 28 February 2013, at the age of 92, on the day of Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement from the Papacy.

We pray for His Eminence Cardinal Honore’s soul, that God will welcome him to take a place in his kingdom, and that he will deserve the prize of eternal life after his fruitful life of 92 years in this world. God bless Cardinal Honore. Requiescat in Pace, Your Eminence.

The College of Cardinals now stand at 207 members, with 117 Cardinal-electors (115 of whom will attend the conclave) and 90 Cardinal non-electors.