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Italian Cardinal Antonetti dead at 90

April 10, 2013

Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, the retired president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, died on April 10 in Novara, Italy at the age of 90.

Ordained to the priesthood in Novara in 1945, the Italian cleric was ordained as archbishop in 1968, when he was appointed apostolic nuncio to Honduras and Nicaragua. He later served as nuncio in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in France, before being appointed pro-president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, the office that supervises the property of the Vatican, in 1995. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in February 1998 by Pope John Paul II, at which point he became president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, and retired in November of the same year at the age of 76.

With the death of Cardinal Antonetti there are now 205 members of the College of Cardinals, of whom 113 are under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote in a papal election.

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