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August 28, 2015. The Vatican has issued a statement saying that ex-Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesolowski was found dead in his room this morning. He is believed to have died of natural causes, according the Vatican authorities. A Vatican prosecutor has asked that an autopsy be performed today. The statement further specifies that the results will be announced as soon as possible and that Pope Francis has been informed of the situation.
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Erection of Apostolic Exarchate in Canada

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New bishop in India

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List of cardinals who can vote in the conclave

2013-02-22

The number of cardinals eligible to vote in the upcoming conclave stands at 117, but could decrease for health reasons. Already Jakarta Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja said he would not be traveling to Rome due to ill health. Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien also gave up his right to vote in the conclave.

Here is a list of the participating cardinals, so far, listed by age and area:


EUROPE:
Walter Kasper, 79 (Germany)
Severino Poletto, 79 (Italy)
Godfried Danneels, 79 (Belgium)
Raffaele Farina, 79 (Italy)
Joachim Meisner, 79 (Germany)
Giovanni Batista Re, 79 (Italy)
Dionigi Tettamanzi, 78 (Italy)
Francesco Monterisi, 78 (Italy)
Carlos Amigo Vallejo, 78 (Spain)
Paolo Sardi, 78 (Italy)
Paul Josef Cordes, 78 (Germany)
Franc Rodé, 78 (Slovenia)
Tarcisio Bertone, 78 (Italy)
Giovanni Lajolo, 78 (Italy)
Velasio De Paolis, 77 (Italy)
Santos Abril y Castelló, 77 (Spain)
Jose da Cruz Policarpo, 76 (Portugal)
Karl Lehmann, 76 (Germany)
Antonio María Rouco Varela, 76 (Spain)
Ennio Antonelli, 76 (Italy)
Andrys Juozas Backis, 76 (Lithuania)
Attilio Nicora, 75 (Italy)
Lluís Martínez Sistach, 75 (Spain)
Antonio Maria Vegliò, 75 (Italy)
Paolo Romeo, 75 (Italy)
Francesco Coccopalmerio, 74 (Italy)
Manuel Monteiro de Castro, 74 (Portugal)
Carlo Caffarra, 74 (Italy)
Angelo Amato, 74 (Italy)
Stanislaw Dziwisz, 73 (Poland)
Seán Brady, 73 (Ireland)
Zenon Grocholewski, 73 (Poland)
Agostino Vallini, 72 (Italy)
Angelo Scola, 71 (Italy)
Giuseppe Bertello, 70 (Italy)
Gianfranco Ravasi, 70 (Italy)
André Armand Vingt-Trois, 70 (France)
Domenico Calcagno, 70 (Italy)
Angelo Bagnasco, 70 (Italy)
Jean-Louis Tauran, 69 (France)
Dominik Duka, 69 (Czech Republic)
Crescenzio Sepe, 69 (Italy)
Giuseppe Versaldi, 69 (Italy)
Angelo Comastri, 69 (Italy)
Mauro Piacenza, 68 (Italy)
Jean-Pierre Ricard, 68 (France)
Christoph Schönborn, 68 (Austria)
Stanislaw Rylko, 67 (Poland)
Vinko Puljic, 67 (Bosnia)
Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 67 (Spain)
Fernando Filoni, 66 (Italy)
Giuseppe Betori, 65 (Italy)
Josip Bozanic, 63 (Croatia)
Kazimierz Kycz, 63 (Poland)
Kurt Kock. 62 (Switzerland)
Philippe Barbarin, 62 (France)
Péter Erdö, 60 (Hungary)
Wim Eijk, 59 (Netherlands)
Reinhard Marx, 59 (Germany)
Rainer Maria Woelki, 56 (Germany)


NORTH AMERICA:
Justin Francis Rigali, 77 (United States)
Roger Mahony, 76 (United States)
William Joseph Levada, 76 (United States)
Jean-Claude Turcotte, 76 (Canada)
Francis Eugene George, 76 (United States)
Edwin Frederick O'Brien, 73 (United States)
Donald William Wuerl, 72 (United States)
Marc Ouellet, 68 (Canada)
Seán Patrick O'Malley, 68 (United States)
Thomas Christopher Collins, 66 (Canada)
Raymond Leo Burke, 64 (United States)
Daniel DiNardo, 63 (United States)
James Michael Harvey, 63 (United States)
Timothy Michael Dolan, 63 (United States)


LATIN AMERICA:
Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, 79 (Mexico)
Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, 79 (Chile)
Geraldo Majella Angelo, 79 (Brazil)
Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, 79 (Ecuador)
Cláudio Hummes, 78 (Brazil)
Julio Terrazas Sandoval, 76 (Bolivia)
Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, 76 (Cuba)
Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, 76
      (Dominican Republic)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 (Argentina)
Raymundo Damasceno Assis, 76 (Brazil)
Norberto Rivera Carrera, 70 (Mexico)
Jorge Urosa Savino, 70 (Venezuela)
Ruben Salazar Gómez, 70 (Colombia)
Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, 70
      (Honduras)
Leonardo Sandri, 69 (Argentina)
Juan Luis Cipriani Throne, 69 (Peru)
Joao Braz de Aviz, 65 (Brazil)
Francisco Robles Ortega, 63 (Mexico)
Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63 (Brazil)



AFRICA:
Antonios Naguib, 77 (Egypt)
Anthony Olubumni Okogie, 76 (Nigeria)
Théodore Adrien Sarr, 76 (Senegal)
Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, 73 (Congo)
Gabriel Zubeir Wako, 72 (Sudan)
Wilfrid Fox Napier, 71 (South Africa)
John Njue, 69 (Kenya)
John Olorunfemi Oneiyekan, 69 (Nigeria)
Polycarp Pengo, 68 (Tanzania)
Robert Sarah, 67 (Guinea)
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 64 (Ghana)


ASIA/OCEANIA:
Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Mân, 78 (Vietnam)
Ivan Dias, 76 (India)
John Tong Hon, 73 (Hong Kong)
Telesphore Placidus Toppo, 73 (India)
Bechara Boutros Rai, 72 (Lebanon)
George Pell, 71 (Australia)
Oswald Gracias, 68 (India)
George Alencherry, 67 (India)
Malcolm Ranjith, 65 (Sri Lanka)
Luis Antonio Tagle, 55 (Philippines)
Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53 (India)


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