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Number of cardinal-electors dips to 103

September 27, 2010

Cardinal Michele Giordano, the retired Archbishop of Naples, celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday, and thereby became ineligible to participate in a papal conclave.

There are now 103 cardinals qualified to vote in a conclave. Since the maximum number of cardinal-electors is 120, Vatican journalists expected Pope Benedict to call a consistory soon—perhaps before the end of October—to elevate new cardinals.

In the absence of a consistory—and barring the death of any cardinal-elector—the number of cardinals qualified to participate in a conclave will fall to 102 on October 15, when Cardinal Christian Tumi, the former Archbishop of Douala, Cameroon, turns 80. It will drop to 101 on November 14, when Cardinal Janis Pujats, former Archbishop of Riga, Latvia, reaches the same age.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Sep. 28, 2010 9:38 PM ET USA

    We have to wait until next year for the disgraced Bernie Law, enjoying life in Rome, to become ineligible.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Sep. 27, 2010 11:08 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Diogenes has a nice ring to it.