Loris Francesco Capovilla, Who Became A Cardinal Today, 98-Years Old, Is Created A Cardinal Priest As Opposed To Cardinal Deacon.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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I have been too busy trying to finish my ‘Pope John XXIII‘ book to pay too much attention to this cardinal creating consistory that took place today.

I just had a quick glance at the titles and deaconries assigned to the 19 created (since that only gets known after the consistory) — since it is hard to break old habits. That the pope created 2 new titles [i.e., promote Roman churches so that they can be assigned to a cardinal] was interesting but not that unusual. Starting with John XXIII the popes have been creating titles and deaconries like crazy to accommodate the explosive growth in the size of the College of Cardinals.

I was, from day one when it was announced, delighted that he was going to be created. From all that I can see he is a good man. He did yeoman service to John XXIII — even prior to him becoming pope. He was like a son to the pope. So this was good.

 As far as I can tell he is the oldest, at 98, to have been created in the last 200 years — if not more.

Given his age I had just assumed be would be created a cardinal deacon as opposed to a priest — though to be fair he is a titular archbishop [i.e., by name only], he having been given John XXIII [i.e., Cardinal Roncalli’s] old archbishopric in 1971. And yes, as an archbishop he is entitled to be a cardinal priest.

As it happens, the other two over-80 designates, Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela [Spain] & Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia [Antilles];, were also created cardinal priests given his archbishop credentials (though they are both retired, with the nominal retirement age for an archbishop, subject to the pope’s will, being 75).

Just wanted to document this — in case I forgot in time!

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