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

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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.

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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.

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(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.

Cardinals Update: Passing of Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, Librarian Emeritus of the Vatican Apostolic Library and Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives (Argentina), at the age of 91

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Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, Cardinal-Priest of S. Girolamo della Carita pro hac vice Title, has passed away on Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at the age of 91. He was the Librarian of the Vatican Apostolic Library and the Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives from 1998 to 2003, in charge of the various collections of the Vatican and the Holy See, of documents and various other objects under the care of the Apostolic See. He was also Secretary for the Congregation for Bishops and the College of Cardinals before taking up the aforementioned role.

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Cardinal Mejia was created Cardinal in 2001 by Pope St. John Paul II in his eighth Cardinal creation consistory on 21 February 2001. His motto was “Ipse est pax nostra” which means ‘He Himself is our peace’, a reminder that our Lord Jesus Christ brings peace into the world, and in His Good News we can find true peace. It is this peace which Cardinal Mejia had worked hard for many years, and to which peace he is now going to.

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We pray for Cardinal Mejia, that he will rest in peace, and God will reward him for all his hard and great work as the long time servant of God for the ministries and good works he had done for the sake of God and His people in the entire Universal Church in his dedication and work in the Roman Curia, in helping those who are dealing with health care and care of the sick around the world. May the Lord welcome him into His embrace in heaven and give him eternal rest and happiness that he deserved.

With the passing of Cardinal Mejia, and the recent aging out of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., the College of Cardinals now stands at 208 members, with 112 Cardinal-electors and 96 Cardinal non-electors. The number of Cardinal-electors now is 8 below the specified maximum limit of 120.

There are now 8 Cardinal-elector vacancy in the College of Cardinals, 0 vacant Cardinal Suburbicarian Sees (for Cardinal Bishops), 5 vacant Cardinal Titles (for Cardinal Priests) and 11 vacant Cardinal Deaconries (for Cardinal Deacons).

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: Passing of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Italy), at the age of 98

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Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, Cardinal-Priest of S. Spirito in Sassia pro hac vice Title, has passed away on last Saturday, 22 November 2014 at the age of 98. He was the long time chief of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, first as its Pro-President from 1985 to 1989 and then as President from 1989 to 1996. In that position, Cardinal Angelini has a very special role to help the health care workers that are part of the Church’s vast humanitarian and charity efforts around the world. In another unique note, he was also the last of the Cardinals present in the current College of Cardinals to be born in the city of Rome in the year 1916.

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Cardinal Angelini was created Cardinal in 1991 by Pope St. John Paul II in his fifth Cardinal creation consistory on 28 June 1991. His motto was “Evangelizo Pacem Evangelizo Bonum” which means ‘I bring the Good News of peace’, a reminder that our Lord Jesus Christ brings peace into the world, and in His Good News we can find true peace. It is this peace which Cardinal Angelini had worked hard for many years, and to which peace he is now going to.

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We pray for Cardinal Angelini, that he will rest in peace, and God will reward him for all his hard and great work as the long time servant of God for the ministries and good works he had done for the sake of God and His people in the entire Universal Church in his dedication and work in the Roman Curia, in helping those who are dealing with health care and care of the sick around the world. May the Lord welcome him into His embrace in heaven and give him eternal rest and happiness that he deserved.

With the passing of Cardinal Angelini, and the recent aging out of Cardinal Franc Rode, the College of Cardinals now stands at 209 members, with 113 Cardinal-electors and 96 Cardinal non-electors. The number of Cardinal-electors now is 7 below the specified maximum limit of 120.

There are now 7 Cardinal-elector vacancy in the College of Cardinals, 0 vacant Cardinal Suburbicarian Sees (for Cardinal Bishops), 5 vacant Cardinal Titles (for Cardinal Priests) and 10 vacant Cardinal Deaconries (for Cardinal Deacons).

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.

Cardinals Update : Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President Emeritus of Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ (Germany), turned 80, ceases to be a Cardinal-elector

On Friday, 5 September 2014, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lorenzo in Piscibus, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ (Germany), 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 Paul Josef Cordes was born in Kirchhundem, Germany on 5 September 1934.

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Cardinal Cordes was made Cardinal-Deacon of S. Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana by Pope Benedict XVI in the 2007 Consistory of Cardinals on 24 November 2007, the second Consistory of his pontificate. Cardinal Cordes was made a Cardinal in honour of his position as the President of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’, the branch of the Roman Curia focused on the efforts of the Holy See in the field of human and Christian development, involved in various charitable acts and humanitarian relief efforts, a position he held from 1995 to 2010. Before that, Cardinal Cordes was the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 1980 to 1995, and before that, the Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn (Germany), from 1975 to 1980.

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May God bless His Eminence Cardinal Cordes 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 114 Cardinal-electors and 96 Cardinal non-electors. There are now a vacancy of 6 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 Franc Rode, C.M. (Slovenia), the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life on 23 September 2014.