89-year old Puerto Rican, Cardinal Priest Luis Aponte Martínez Dies; College Down to 210; Electors Continue at 123.

89-year old Puertorriqueño Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez dies April 10, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, on the 62nd anniversary of his priestly ordination, 89-year old Puertorriqueño, Cardinal Priest Luis Aponte Martínez [dob: Aug. 4, 1922] died in Puerto Rico of cardiovascular and kidney complications.

He was the Metropolitan of San Juan [P.R.] for 34years, from November 1964 to March 1999; retiring at 76 per the nominal 75-year retirement age specified in Canon 401 for Canon 401 § 1 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law for diocesan bishops. In 1966 he formed the Episcopal Conference of Puerto Rico becoming his first president – a post he held until 1982.

He was created a Cardinal Priest by Paul VI (#263) in March 1973. Prior to his death he was one of 4 living cardinals created by Paul VI — not counting Cardinal Ratzinger, the current pope. Now we are down to 3 Paul VI cardinals. He was not the youngest or the oldest of the Paul VI’s cardinals; Cardinal Sales created in 1969 is 91, Baum created in in 1976 is 85. Arns, now 90, was also created in 1973. Benedict XVI was created at Paul’s last consistory in 1977.

He was the only cardinal from Puerto Rico. So Puerto Rico no longer has any Cardinals.

His death frees up the title of S. Maria della Provvidenza a Monteverde. Roman vacancies thus get bumped up to 10 as on today, April 10, 2012.

He is the 4th cardinal to die this year; the 2nd in three days. 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 Old San Juan Cemetery

The College is down to 210 (still a record), with the electors at 123 — still 3 too many.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura Guruge


As of February April 10, 2012, there are 123 cardinal electors with 87 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 58% of cardinals.]

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The College as of April 10, 2012 is at 210.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

April 10, 2012: 89-year old Puerto Rican, Cardinal Priest Luis Aponte Martínez Dies;
** College down to 210, electors continue at 123 **

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.

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Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.