Pope Benedict XVI called a consistory for Nov 20-21 to install 24 new members for the depleted College of Cardinals. The number eligible to vote in a papal election has slipped to 105. It will drop to 100 by the end of November as cardinals reach their 80th birthdays and become ineligible to elect a new pontiff should 83-year-old Benedict succumb to stresses that include a busy travel schedule and the worldwide clergy pedophile scandal.
Fifteen of the 24 new cardinals are from Europe, predominantly Italians (10). The four from the African continent include His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt. ; At 78, Benedict was the oldest man elected to the papacy since 1730, when another 78-year-old, Clement XII, was chosen after a long conclave. Benedict signaled from the start that he suspected his would not be a long papacy, telling the cardinals right after his election that he hopes "in this short reign to be a man of peace." Benedict's last consistory came in November 2007, when he named 18 new voting cardinals as well as five 'honorary'; cardinals, meaning figures already over the age of 80. ; Cardinals are usually archbishops of diocese or heads of influential departments at the Vatican. ; Cardinal electors (who can join the body that selects a new pope, must be under 80 years old:Archbishop Angelo Amato-Italy; His Beatitude Antonios Naguib-Egypt; Archbishop Robert Sarah-Guinea; Archbishop Francesco Monterisi-Italy;Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli-Italy; Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke-United States; Archbishop Kurt Koch-Switzerland; Archbishop Paolo Sardi-Italy: Archbishop Mauro Piacenza-Italy;Archbishop Velasio De Paolis-Italy; Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi-Italy; Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe-Zambia; Archbishop Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga-Ecuador; Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya-Democratic Republic of Congo; Archbishop Paolo Romeo-Italy; Archbishop Donald William Wuerl-United States; Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis-Brazil; Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz-Poland; Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don-Sri Lanka; Archbishop Reinhard Marx-Germany. Cardinals over 80-years old: Monsignor Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens-Spain; Monsignor Elio Sgreccia-Italy; Monsignor Walter Brandmuller-Germany; Monsignor Domenico Bartolucci-Italy.(WRITTEN Nov 2010)
Date written/update: 2010-11-20