77 Year Old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli Dies; College Down To 205. Electors Down To 116. Non-Electors 89.

Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli, dead at 77.

by Anura GurugeAnura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011..

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli [dob: Aug. 6, 1935] died unexpectedly, age 77. His retirement, age 76, as the Major Penitentiary had been accepted by the pope on January 5, 2012 — the first change to the demographics of the College of Cardinals in 2012. He, a career curialist and nuncio, had been the Major Penitentiary since June 2, 2009. He was created at the last cardinal creating consistory on November 20, 2010.

He is the 9th cardinal and the 1st cardinal elector to die this year. The total number of cardinal deaths in 2011 was 9, and that included 2 other electors. So the deaths for 2012 could go up there been another 101 days left. Having two electors die in a year is quite rare. No electors died in either 2010 or 2009. The average number of cardinal deaths in a year, as of 2000, is 7.2. So we are above average.

The last cardinal death was 21 days ago, that of Cardinal Maria Martini, S.J.

This is the 27th change to the College so far this year, the prior change 8 days ago. We are now ahead of last year to this point, changes this year also occurring, on average, once every 10 days — the same as last year.

The College is down to 205 (still ahead of the 203 mark set at the November 2010 consistory), with the electors at 116 — giving us 4 elector vacancies.

The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura GurugeAs of September 21, 2012, there are 116 cardinal electors with 89 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 57% of cardinals.]

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The College as of September 21, 2012 is at 205.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

Sept. 21, 2012: 77 Year Old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli Dies;
** College down to 205, electors down to 116 **

Sept. 13, 2012: Colombian Cardinal Priest Pedro Rubiano Sáenz Turns 80;
** College continues at 206, electors down to 117 **

August 31, 2012: 85-Year Old, Italian Cardinal Priest Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., Dies;
** College down to 206, electors continue at 118 **

August 24, 2012: English Cardinal Priest Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Turns 80;
** College continues at 207, electors down to 118 **

August 22, 2012: Taiwan Cardinal Priest Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J. dies At 88;
** College down to 207, electors continue at 119 **

August 10, 2012Filipino Cardinal Priest Gaudencio Borbon Rosales turns 80;
** College continues at 208, electors down to 119 **

July 26, 2012: U.S. Cardinal Priest James Francis Stafford turns 80;
** College continues at 208, electors down to 120 **

July 9, 2012: 91-Year old Brazilian Cardinal Priest Eugênio de Araújo Sales dies;
** College down to 208, electors continue at 121 **

July 2, 2012: 76-Year old U.S. Cardinal Priest William Joseph Levada Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 121 **

June 26, 2012: 75-Year old Italian Cardinal Priest Ennio Antonelli Retires;
** College continues at 209, electors continue at 121 **

June 13, 2012: 80-Year old Swiss Cardinal Priest Henri Schwery ceases to be elector;
** College continues at 209, electors down to 121 **

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.

◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ 2011 ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊

Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.