‘Cardinalabili’, a play on ‘papabili‘ (i.e., pope contenders), is a term we use to refer to potential cardinals, i.e., those due or likely a cardinalate.
There was a time, when I was writing all my pope books, that I used to publish Cardinalabili lists — primarily Louis’ — on a regular basis.
I haven’t done so in years, and predicting Cardinalabili with Pope Francis is getting near impossible because he relishes not playing by the prior rules and traditions.
But, today I asked Louis for a list of JUST European prelates that should have been cardinals by now.
This is the list that Louis Epstein provided and I omitted a ‘couple’ that he marked as still being quite young and as such probably a tad premature for a red hat.
Braulio Rodriguez Plaza (b. 1/1945) — Archbishop of Toledo (Spain).
Cesare Nosiglia (b. 10/1944) — Archbishop of Turin (Italy).
Francesco Moraglia (b. 5/1953) — Patriarch of Venice (Italy).
Matteo Maria Zuppi (b. 10/1955) — Archbishop of Bologna (Italy).
Marek Jedraszewski (b. 2/1949) — Archbishop of Krakow (Poland).
Mario Enrico Delpini (b. 1951) — Archbishop of Milan (Italy).
Michel Aupetit (b. 3/1951) — Archbishop of Paris (France).