.by Anura Guruge
On Friday, February 8, 2013, 94-Year Old Italian Cardinal Priest Giovanni Cheli [dob: Oct. 4, 1918], President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, died in Rome.
He had been a mainstay in Rome and a seasoned diplomat since the late 1940s. He was the Domestic Prelate to Paul VI (#263) in 1965. He was the first named Holy See permanent observer to the U.N., in July 1973. He became a titular archbishop in 1978. He was President of the Pontifical Council for M & I from 1989 until June 1998, when he retired aged 79 (with the nominal retirement age 75).
This is the 4th change to the College in 2013, and the second death. It was March 9 before we saw two deaths in 2012.
The College is down to 209 (still quite high), with the electors at 118 — two short of the magic ‘120’ mark.
As of February 8, 2013, Electors = 118, Non-Electors = 91.
[The electors represent 56% of cardinals.]
The College as of February 8, 2013 is at 209.
Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months
Feb 8, 2013: 94-Year Old Italian Cardinal Priest Giovanni Cheli Dies.
** College down to 209, electors continue at 118 **
Jan 26, 2013: Mexican Cardinal Deacon Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán Turns 80.
** College at 210, electors down to 118 **
Jan 23, 2013: 83 Year Old Polish Cardinal Priest Józef Glemp Dies.
** College down to 210, electors continue at 119 **
Jan. 17, 2013: 77 Year Old Egyptian Cardinal Patriarch Antonios Naguib Retires.
** College continues at 211, electors continue at 119 **
◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ 2012 ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊
Changes to the College in 2012. Click image for post.
>> 78-year old Italian Francesco Monterisi also became emeritus, with no announcement, in December 2012.
◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ 2011 ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊
Changes to the College in 2011. Click image for post.
Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.