by Anura Guruge
On Saturday, April 7, 2012, Easter Saturday, 81-year old Syrian Oriental Rites Patriarch, Cardinal Bishop Ignace Moussa I Daoud [dob: Sept. 18, 1930] died in Rome of cardiovascular complications.
In October 1998, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Synod elected him the 134th patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians [Lebanon]. He was appointed the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in November 2000. He then resigned the patriarchate in January 2001 and moved to Rome.
He was created a Oriental Rites Cardinal Bishop the next month. He relinquished his Prefecture, age 76, in June 2007 per the nominal 75-year retirement age for curial cardinals specified in Canon 354 of the 1983 Code. He turned 80 in 2010 and ceased to be a cardinal elector.
He was the only cardinal from Syria. So Syria no longer has any Cardinals.
His death does not free up a Roman property since he was a Cardinal Patriarch; Cardinal Patriarchs not being assigned Roman properties and instead retaining their Patriarch title. Roman vacancies thus remain at 9 as on March 9, 2012.
He is the 3rd cardinal to die this year. At this time last year we had only had one death — and that was on April Fool’s Day. See this post for the latest statistics on cardinal deaths.
The College is down to 211 (still a record), with the electors at 123 — still 3 too many.
As of February April 7, 2012, there are 123 cardinal electors with 88 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]
The College as of April 7, 2012 is at 211.
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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
April 7, 2012: 81-year old Syrian Oriental Rites Patriarch, Cardinal Bishop Ignace Moussa I Daoud Dies; ** College down to 211, electors continue at 123 **
April 5, 2012: 75-Year Old Canadian Cardinal Priest Jean-Claude Turcotte Retired on March 20, 2012; ** College continues at 212, electors continue at 123 **
April 2, 2012: 80-Year old U.S. Cardinal Edward Michael Egan ceases to be elector.
** College continues at 212, electors down to 123 **
March 9, 2012: 91-Year Old Philippines Cardinal José Tomás Sánchez Dies.
** College down to 212, electors continue at 124 **
March 8, 2012: 80-Year old Guatemalan Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño ceases to be elector.
** College continues at 213, electors down to 124 **
February 18, 2012: 22 cardinals, 18 electors and 4 non-electors created.
** College at an all time high of 213, electors bumped up to 125, 5 above the limit **
February 1, 2012: 88-Year old U.S. Cardinal Priest Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua Dies.
** College down to 192, electors continue at 107 **
January 13, 2012: 80-Year old Chinese Cardinal Priest Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 107 **
January 6, 2012: 80-Year old Portuguese Cardinal Bishop José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 108 **
January 5, 2012: 76-Year old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli retires as Major Penitentiary.
** College continues at 192, electors continue at 109 **
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Changes to the College in 2011. Click image for post.
Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.