78-Year Italian Cardinal Deacon Raffaele Farina, S.D.B. Retires; College Continues At 209, Electors Continue At 122

Cardinal Raffaele Farina, S.D.B., the oldest curialist prior to retirement

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge

On June 9, 2012, a Saturday, the Vatican announced that the pope had accepted the resignation of Italian Cardinal Deacon Raffaele Farina, S.D.B. [dob: Sept. 24, 1933], as the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church. At 78 he was the oldest of the current curialists, Canon 354 of the 1983 Code requiring cardinal heads of curial dicasteries to tender their retirement to the pope when they turn 75. He has been curialist since 1978, heading up the Apostolic Vatican Library as of 1997. He became the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church in June 2007 — getting created in November 2007.

Cardinal Raffaele Farina, S.D.B. is the 5th cardinal to retire this year.

He is only the 2nd Italian as well as the 2nd Deacon to be involved in a retirement, aging-out or death this year.

This is the 16th change to the College so far this year; the changes nearly catching up with those at this time last year.

Sistine Hall of the Vatican Library

The College continues at 209 (still a record), with the electors at 122 — still 2 too many.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura GurugeAs of June 9, 2012, there are 122 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 June 5, 2012 is at 209.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

June 9, 2012: 78-Year Italian Cardinal Deacon Raffaele Farina, S.D.B. Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 122 **

June 5, 2012: 80-Year Guatemalan Cardinal Priest Rodolfo Quezada Toruño Dies;
** College down to 209, electors continue at 122 ***

May 25, 2012: 75- year old Nigerian, Cardinal Priest Anthony Olubunmi Okogie Retires;
** College continues at 210, electors continue at 122 ***

May 17, 2012: 80- year old Czech Cardinal Priest Miloslav Vlk ceases to be elector;
** College continues at 210, electors down to 122 ***

May 10, 2012: 80-year old South Korean, Cardinal Priest Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk Retires; ** College continues at 210, electors continue at 123 ***

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.