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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (96) Dies; Oldest Cardinal For 1-Day — First Suburbicarian See Bishop To Die In 11-Years.

by Anura Guruge

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He was the OLDEST living cardinal for all of one day!

Confirms my long held contention that God has one heck of a sense of humor.

Yes, the prior day Colombian Cardinal José Rodriguez died, aged 100. And then 24-hours later, French Roger Marie Élie Etchegaray, 96, died.

Etchegaray was kind of a legend. Well respected and liked. He had been a cardinal since 1979 (i.e., 40 years).

But, he never attended a conclave! He turned 80 in 2002 (after being a cardinal for 23-years) and aged-out to become a non-elector.

He was elected Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals just ahead of the 2005 conclave but was too old to attend. He, still the Vice-Dean, also missed the 2013 conclave.

He was a bona fide Cardinal Bishop, i.e., held the title to an original Suburbicarian See. There are only 7 of these, and the Dean, automatically gets two. So, only 5 remain. They are scarce. The last time one was vacant was 2008, i.e., 11-years ago. Now Francis gets the chance to promote someone to this vacant Suburbicarian See making him a bona fide cardinal bishop.

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by Anura Guruge

Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, Pope St. John XXIII’s Devoted Secretary, Dies At 100, On May 26, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Monsignor Loris Francesco Capovilla with Pope John XXIII paying homage to the relics of Pope Pius X in 1959 — prior to the relics been sent to Venice, by train, for a month of public veneration.


In 2014 just ahead of his creation as a cardinal, aged 98.

He was an exceptional human being who was constantly at the side of another exceptional man, now a Saint, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII), for 10 years.

He, prior to his demise, was the oldest cardinal in the College of Cardinals, the oldest Italian bishop and the 4th oldest bishop worldwide.

He will be missed. He was a genuinely good person.

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by Anura Guruge