Cardinals Update : Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, President Emeritus of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State and the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State (Italy), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

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On Saturday, 3 January 2015, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Liberatrice a Monte Testaccio, President Emeritus of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State and the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State (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 Darmaatmadja was born at Novara in Italy on 3 January 1935.

Cardinal Lajolo was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Liberatrice a Monte Testaccio by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2007 Consistory of Cardinals on 24 November 2007, the second Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Lajolo was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the President of both the Governatorate of the Vatican City State and the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State. He was for a long time involved in the works of the Roman Curia and in the relations between the Church and the states.

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(Coat of arms of His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo)

May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Lajolo 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, through his many contributions to the Church via the Roman Curia, helping to manage the extensive governance of the Church of God.

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The College of Cardinals now stands at 208 members in total, with 110 Cardinal-electors and 98 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 10 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-Patriarch Antonios Naguib (Egypt), the Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria of the Copts on 18 March 2015.

Cardinals Update : Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., Cardinal Secretary of State Emeritus and Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of the Apostolic Camera (Italy), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

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On Tuesday, 2 December 2014, Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, S.D.B., Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati, Cardinal Secretary State Emeritus of the Secretariat of State and the Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera or the Cardinal Camerlengo (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 Tarcisio Bertone was born in Romano Canavese, Italy on 2 December 1934.

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(Above is the coat of arms of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during the sede vacante of 2013)

Cardinal Bertone was made Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana pro hac vice Title by Pope St. John Paul II in the 2003 Consistory of Cardinals on 21 October 2003, the ninth and last Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Bertone was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Genoa, a position which he held from 2002 to 2006. Before that, Cardinal Bertone was the Metropolitan Archbishop of Vercelli and also the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, working closely with its Prefect, the then Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI).

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Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Bertone as the Cardinal Secretary of State in 2006, and by virtue of that position as the Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and also as the Cardinal Chamberlain or Camerlengo of the Church, the one to govern the Church during period of sede vacante, the latest of which was in 2013.

May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Bertone 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 as the Cardinal Secretary of State in helping the actions of the Holy See and the Pope.

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The College of Cardinals now stands at 209 members in total, with 112 Cardinal-electors and 97 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 8 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 Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja (Indonesia), the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta on 20 December 2014.

Cardinals Update : Cardinal Franc Rode, C.M., Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life (Slovenia), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cardinal deaths update: Passing of Cardinal Francesco Marchisano (Italy) and Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy (Australia)

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.

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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.

 

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Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy

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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).

100,000 views for my blog! Thanks to all the visitors and Praise be to God!

As of last Sunday, 7 July 2014, my blog has reached its 100,000th view by visitors from different parts of the world. I thank all those who had spent their time to come and read what I had published in this blog.

May God be with us all, bless us and guide us always. And may He guide me and bless me so that I can continue to write, to publish and to work for His greater glory.

 

Blog world map - 13 July 2014

 

Blog statistics (as of Sunday, 13 July 2014) :

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Total visitors : 64,237
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Monday, 26 May 2014 : 6th Week of Easter, Memorial of St. Philip Neri, Priest (Scripture Reflections)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, following the Lord means to have a profound and complete conversion of ourselves, in particular that of our hearts and minds, so that we reflect the will of God and be true children and servants of our God. The God-fearing woman from the first reading, who listened to the word of God through the Apostles and chose to give her all to God and commit herself to Him, is an example for all of us.

Through baptism she had been saved and granted great grace from God, and so we too have been saved through our baptism, and our faith. But this must be living, a living faith, as I have often mentioned. Yes, in continuation of yesterday’h catechesis, this faith must be a growing faith and inspired by the Holy Spirit. We must be fruitful, bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit with all of our actions.

Today we honour and celebrate a saint, whose life can be a great inspiration to all of us in following the Lord and in committing our lives in the service of God and our fellow men. St. Phillip Neri is this saint, a holy man and a dedicated servant of God who lived in Italy a few centuries ago, during the era of the Renaissance. St. Philip Neri took part in the great campaign and push to rediscover the passion and energy in the faith, and establish stronger faith in the people of God through his works.

St. Philip Neri worked hard for the sake of the faithful and the people of God, giving himself to a life of service, and he helped to build up a congregation of the faithful and secular peoples, to serve the Lord better, as well as to reform the Church which at that time was notorious for its worldly corruptions and wicked ways. St. Philip Neri was essential for the rejuvenation of the faith following the horrendous and disastrous so-called Protestant Reformation, which is a terrible heresy of the faith.

St. Philip Neri was utterly dedicated to his cause, and he tirelessly worked to refocus the people’s attention towards Christ, and to throw away the excesses of life which had characterised the faithful, the Church, and the society in general at that time, when material wealth and possessions became a symbol of status, privilege and discrimination between peoples, which should not have happened as we are all truly equal before the Lord.

We too have to follow in his footsteps, in keeping pure our hearts and minds, away from the corruptions of this world, that we would not walk in error or in the darkness, and risk falling into the trap the devil had set on our path. We always have to be ready and vigilant that we keep ourselves aware and alert against all these lies of the devil. Let us remain faithful to God.

Since our baptism, we have been marked and sealed with the Most Holy Name of the Holy Trinity, and we have been made children of God, and cleansed of our past injustices and past unworthiness, being made into children of the light. Our spirit therefore, had been strengthened, and is strong. But remember what Christ said at the Garden in Gethsemane just before, that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak? Yes, our flesh is weak, and our bodies and physical self are always tempted on daily basis by the devil, and we must be ever ready.

Let us all be profoundly changed in our ways of life, that in all things we may now be affirmed in the Lord and in His grace, that we may always be blessed and worthy, and when He comes again at the end of time, He may see us and find us truly worthy children of His, and reunite us with Himself. God bless us all, and be with us always. Amen.