Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini Turns 80; College Still At 201, But Electors Down To 117

by: Anura Guruge

Italian Cardinal Ruini bids goodbye to being an elector.

The College of Cardinals tables have NOT been updated. They will most likely be updated on March 4, 2011 when another cardinal turns 80.

Another Saturday in February 2011 and ANOTHER cardinal joins the now no longer very select, non-elector club — increasing its membership to an unprecedented 84!

On February 17, 2011, Italian cardinal priest Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of Rome from 1991 to 2008, turned 80, thus ceasing to be an elector. We are now at 117 electors and will be at 116 in another 13 days! He is the 4th cardinal to become a non-elector in 2011 — which is why the timing of the last cardinal-creating consistory was so crazy. See this Jan. 28, 2011 post.

Cardinal Ruini was created a cardinal priest in 1991.

The College continues at 201 — no longer at the record high it was immediately after the November 20, 2010 cardinal creating consistory.


As of February 19, 2011, there will be 117 cardinal electors with 84 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]

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The College, as of December 3, 2010, was at 201 — no longer the largest ever.


Summary of Major Changes in 2011

February 19, 2011: Italian Cardinal Carmillo Runi ceased to be an elector. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 117 **

February 12, 2011: Spanish Cardinal Agustín García-Gasco Vicente ceased to be an elector. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 118 **

February 10, 2011: Ukrainian Cardinal, Lubomyr Husar retired. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 119 **

February 6, 2011: Filipino Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal ceased to be an elector. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 119 **

January 26, 2011: French Cardinal Bernard Panafieu ceased to be an elector. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 120 **

January 12, 2011: Brazilian Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo Retires. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 121 **

January 4, 2011: Curial, Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé Retires. ** The College continues at 201, electors = 121 **

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