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Key European Prelates Yet To Be Created Cardinals — By Louis Epstein.

by Anura Guruge



Louis Epstein (often mentioned in this blog) maintains a detailed and unparalleled Cardinalabili list — and has done so for decades.

‘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).


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Pope Francis Reorganizes The Vatican Curia To Better Deal With The Migrant Crisis Facing The World.

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‘Cor Unum’ mentioned above essentially dealt with charity work. So Pope Francis is taking 4 dicasteries (i.e., curial departments) that in one way or another dealt with humanitarian issues and merging them into a new dicastery with an emphasis on the new migrant crisis.

This new dicastery will be headed by the Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson — once considered, imporbably, to be a papabile.

My collaborator on these matters papal, Louis Epstein, tells me that he takes this news as an indication that Francis is unlikely to retire soon.


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Pope Benedict XVI Created Cardinal Electors Are Once Again The Majority.

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The columns denote: Cardinal Electors, Cardinal Non-Electors (i.e., over 80) & TOTAL.

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Got this from an e-mail from Louis Epstein, College of Cardinals watcher and my collaborator on many papal topics: “I note that with Cardinal Rouco Varela’s age-out last week Benedict XVI cardinals are again a majority of the electors (56-55) and will stay so through a possible February consistory date(no Benedict cardinal ages out before February and two JP II cardinals age out in October alone)”. [Louis and I differ on when the next cardinal creating consistory might be — as I discussed in this post. Louis is holding out for February 2017 while I think that there is a chance (a small one possibly) that we could get one in November 2016.

I personally do not think the Benedict ’56’ majority is significant in any way. The John Paul II and Benedict XVI cardinals are all from the SAME CLOTH and as such mindset and ideology. Between them we have 80 electors, i.e., 72% — 6% over the two-thirds majority required to elect a new pope. Plus I am sure MOST of the Francis electors will vote with the old guard to elect a new pope who is far different in temperament and mentality to the current pope.


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“Ferguson’s Ceylon Directory” 1966 (108th Edition) — Thanks To My Collaborator Louis Epstein.

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I can’t say that I had heard of this encyclopedic ‘almanac’ or come across it prior to getting an e-mail from my long time collaborator Louis Epstein. Louis who lives in upstate New York had come across it at his local ‘dump’.

It is huge. Its dimensions are: 8.5″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″. I will have to weigh it tomorrow.

There is an entry for “Guruge” and “Anura” does appear within that — though in 1966, the year before I left Ceylon, I was only 13. Also found entries for two of my uncles so far.

It is amazing. We don’t produce almanacs like these now. SHAME. The amount of work that went into producing each of these has to be horrendous. I have since found some of these for sale online.

That the cover features “The Ceylon Manure Works” is CLASSIC.

I will scan some pages and share with you as we go along.

Thank YOU, Louis.


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November 2016 Cardinal Creating Consistory Or Will Pope Francis Hold Out Till February 2017?

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From “CRUX“, August 21, 2016.

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In this post in June 2016 I had opined that November 19, 2016 would be a logical date for the next cardinal creating consistoryPope Francis‘ third.

However, after what had been a long hiatus, I was talking, this weekend, with cardinalabili expert Louis Epstein. He believes that Pope Francis will wait till February 2017 given that both his prior cardinal creating consistories were in February.

He definitely has the option of waiting till February or even later.

We have 111 cardinal electors right now. Three will age-out (i.e., reach 80) by November 19, 2016. Three more would have aged out by February 16, 2017.

So, barring deaths, there will be 108 electors in November 2016 and 105 in February 2017. This is plenty enough to elect a pope.

So this again begs the question as to whether Pope Francis, who turns 80 on December 17, 2016, plans to retire anytime soon as he has been intimating for ‘years’. Louis thinks that Francis is having too much fun right now to retire. He could be right. If he doesn’t plan to retire before February 2017 he could very well wait till then for the next consistory.


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