The USCCB published a handy yearbook “presentation of all 117 cardinals eligible to vote for a new pope in the upcoming conclave. The electors are presented in alphabetical order by last name. Their age as of Feb. 28 and country of origin are also given. Also noted are those who are current members of the Roman Curia. The file contains three pages. (CNS graphic/Paul Haring and Nancy Phelan Wiechec)”
One hears that the Indonesian cardinal, Jesuit Julius Darmaatmadja, 78, the archbishop emeritus of Jakarta, will not be attending due to health issues. He’s been dealing with eye problems for years and likely has other serious health concerns. There’s a lot of people talking –though it doesn’t mean too much now– about Cardinal Roger Mahoney’s presence at the conclave. For some, it is hoped that his conscience will tell him not to go to Rome. We’ll see.
The list of cardinal-electors as of today is 118.
According to the Law of the Church, at the time that the Chair of Peter becomes vacant, those cardinals who achieve 80 years may not vote in the conclave. Pope Benedict said today that the Church is sede vacante at 8pm (Rome time) on 28 February. Therefore, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar born on 26 February 1933 becomes unable to vote in the 2013 conclave.
But observers will note that there are three cardinals who will be 80 around the time of the next conclave, a date still to be announced by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, Cardinal Secretary of State and the Carmerlengo.
Walter Cardinal Kasper: 5 March 1933
Severino Cardinal Poletto: 18 March 1933
Juan Cardinal Sandoval: 28 March 1933
In 2005, there were 117 cardinals (but only 115 participated in the papal election).
The oldest cardinal walking into the conclave will be Godfried Cardinal Daneels (4 June 1933), the emeritus archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel, Belgium.
The youngest cardinal will be Baselios Cleemis Cardinal Thottunkal (15 June 1959), Major Archbishop of Trivandrum, India.
The Americans in the Conclave:
Roger Cardinal Mahoney, 77
Francis Cardinal George, 76
Justin Cardinal Rigali, 77
William Cardinal Levada, 76
Sean Cardinal O’Malley, 68
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, 63
Raymond Cardinal Burke, 64
Donald Cardinal Wuerl, 72
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, 63
Edwin Cardinal O’Brien, 73
James Cardinal Harvey, 63