Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, Cardinal-Priest of S. Lucia del Gonfalone pro hac vice Title passed away on Monday, 27 July 2014 at the age of 85. He was the President Emeritus of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and the Permanent Commission for the Protection of Historical and Artistic Monuments of the Holy See. He was also the Vicar General Emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, a position which he occupied during the years 2002 to 2005.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Vallicella passed away on Sunday, 3 August 2014 at the age of 90. He was the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, and therefore the Primate Emeritus of Australia. He faithfully led the faithful in Sydney from 1983 to 2001.
Cardinal Francesco Marchisano
Cardinal Marchisano was created Cardinal in 2003 by Pope St. John Paul II in his ninth and last Cardinal creation consistory on 21 October 2003. His motto was In Caritate Radicati et Fundati, which means rooted and grounded in love, that is the emphasis placed on love, which is the essential and the greatest fruit of the Holy Spirit, and the fact that without love, we cannot truly have faith in the Lord.
Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy
Cardinal Marchisano was created Cardinal in 1988 by Pope St. John Paul II in his fourth Cardinal creation consistory on 28 June 1988, on the eve of the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. His motto was Fides Mundum Vincit, which means faith conquers the world, the fact that is truly about how if we have faith, no matter what the world throws at us, we will prevail, just as the Lord will eventually prevail against the world and the forces of Satan.
We pray for the soul of these two great Princes of the Church and the servants of God’s people. May their hard work and commitments to the Church and God’s people bring them justification and eternal rest in God’s presence in heaven. We pray also for those whom they had left behind, that their legacies and hard work will continue to bear fruit in those whom they had touched in life.
With the passing of Cardinal Agre, the College of Cardinals now stands at 211 members, with 117 Cardinal-electors (one reduced due to Cardinal Claudio Hummes having exceeded the electorate age of 80) and 94 Cardinal non-electors. The number of Cardinal-electors now is 3 below the specified maximum limit of 120.
There are now 3 Cardinal-elector vacancy in the College of Cardinals, 0 vacant Cardinal Suburbicarian Sees (for Cardinal Bishops), 4 vacant Cardinal Title (for Cardinal Priests) and 8 vacant Cardinal Deaconries (for Cardinal Deacons).