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Swiss Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier, O.P. Dies; Electors = 116, College of Cardinals = 215.

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Cardinal_CottierName: Georges Marie Martin Cottier, O.P.

Nationality: Swiss

Date of Birth: 25 Apr. 1922

Died: 31 Mar. 2016 (93)

Main post: Theologian to the Papal Household

Created: 21 Oct. 2003

First change to the college in 33 days.

Last cardinal to die was 112 days ago.


Born: Lausanne, Switzerland.


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Changes to the College of Cardinals in 2016.


by Anura Guruge
Papal Historian & Author


U.S. Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony Turns 80; Electors = 116, College of Cardinals = 216

.by Anura Guruge


Cardinal_MahonyName: Roger Michael Mahony

Nationality: U.S.A.

Date of Birth: 27 Feb. 1936

Main post: Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles (U.S.A.)

Created: 28 June 1991

First change to the college in 79 days.

Last cardinal to turn 80 was 159 days ago.


Born: Hollywood area of Los Angeles. 

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by Anura Guruge
Papal Historian & Author


Two Cardinals, Terrazas Sandoval and Furno, Die One Day Apart; Electors = 117, College of Cardinals = 216

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tn_terrazas_jpgName: Julio Terrazas Sandoval, C.SS.R.

Nationality: Bolivian

Date of Birth: 7 Mar. 1936 (79 years old at passing)

Died: 9 Dec. 2015

Main post: Bishop emeritus of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Created: 21 February 2001

Last death of a cardinal was on October 24, 2015 — 46 days ago.


Born, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

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carlofurnoName: Carlo Furno

Nationality: Italian

Date of Birth: 2 Dec. 1921 (94 years old at passing)

Died: 10 Dec. 2015

Main post: Grand Master emeritus of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Created: 26 November 1994

Last death of a cardinal was on December 9, 2015 — 1 day ago.


Born, Bairo, Piedmont, Italy.

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Slovakian Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec, S.J. Died Oct. 24, 2015; Electors = 118, College of Cardinals = 218

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korec_99063Name: Ján Chryzostom Korec, S.J.

Nationality: Slovakian

Date of Birth: 22 Jan. 1924 (91 years old at passing)

Main post: Bishop emeritus of Nitra

Created: 28 June 1991

Last death of a cardinal was on August 17, 2015 — 68 days ago.


Born, Bošany, Czechoslovakia


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Minimum Age To Be Pope: All Of Today’s Cardinals, Including Tagle, Plenty Old Enough.

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Original ‘Minimum Age To Be Pope’ post (from 2009)


Today’s youngest cardinal is Mafi from Tonga, created in February 2015. He is 53 — turning 54 in December.

Mafi ALREADY is older than the ten youngest popes since 1400! Here is my list (from this 2010 post).

So Mafi, THE youngest, is plenty old enough to be a ‘modern’ pope.

That is basically the issue today when it comes to how young a pope could be. UNLESS the electors, for inescapable reasons, decide to go with a non-cardinal, any papabile is BOUND to be plenty old enough. Any under-80 cardinal, unless there is an explicit papal dispensation, has to be a Bishop to be created. You need to be 35 years old to be a bishop. 35 is plenty old enough.

So that is the deal. Here is a list, from my new Excel spreadsheet of the current crop of youngest cardinals.  A few of them, Lacroix, Tagle, Parolin, Erdö and Koch could be considered papabili. They are ALL plenty old enough. OK?

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Barring Deaths NO Changes To The College OF Cardinals In The Next 5 Months.

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The distribution of the birthdays of the cardinals, by and large, is arbitrary — though there have (and will be) a few instances where a prelate was created, when he was, because his birthdate ‘fitted in’ relative to the ’80-year’ cutoff. We just had two cardinals, Abril y CastellóDe Paolis, turn 80 within the space of two days. But prior to that the last cardinal to age out was 5 months earlier.

And we are going to see that again. The next cardinal to age out will be US Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, on February 27, 2016. So that is the next scheduled change to the College — barring deaths.


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Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló Turns 80; Electors = 118, College of Cardinals = 219

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abrilycastelloName: Santos Abril y Castelló

Nationality: Spanish

Date of Birth: 21 Sep. 1935

Main post: Apostolic Nuncio

Created: 18 Feb 2912


Born: Alfambra, Spain

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by Anura Guruge
Papal Historian & Author