Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla Turns 100, 2 Years From Becoming The Oldest (Known) Cardinal.

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by Anura Guruge

Loris Francesco Capovilla

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His greatest (and deserved) claim to fame, faithful, ever present private secretary to  Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII) from 1958 to the pope’s death in 1963 (and he was at the bedside).

Here seen walking behind the pope, in 1958, at the Vatican, early into the papacy. His appointment as secretary was one of the new pope’s first acts.


Two extracts relating to Cardinal Capovilla from my “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

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Cardinal Capovilla has a commanding lead as the oldest living cardinal as clearly illustrated in my new Excel spreadsheet for the College. Click to ENLARGE.

As far as we know, based on current documentation, the OLDEST cardinal was Portuguese Dom Jorge da Costa [1406 to Sept. 18, 1508]. He is said to have been 102 when he died though this exact birthdate is not known! He, once the Archbishop of Lisbon (and then of Braga), was created in 1476 — when he would have been 70.


We have had a cardinal who lived to be 101 in recent times. He was Italian, Corrado Bafile (4 July 1903 – 3 February 2005). Unlike with da Costa we know his exact birthdate.

So he was 101 years, 6 months and 4 weeks old when he died. So Cardinal Capovilla needs to live for another 1.5 years to catch up with him.

Cardinal Bafile, nuncio to Germany, in 1954 with the Chancellor.