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2013-09-05

The Archbishop emeritus of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa,turned 80 on September 5, making the Chilean prelate ineligible to vote in future conclaves. As a result, the number of papal electors decreased to 111.

Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa was born 1933 in Santiago. He was ordained a priest in 1961, and archbishop in 1991. During that time, he worked with college students in Chile, and presided over the Schoenstatt Movement he belongs to.

After working in Rome for a few years in the 90's, the cardinal returned to Chile, where he lead the country's episcopal conference, as well as regional bishop's group CELAM. 

John Paul II created him cardinal in 2001, and he took part in the 2005 and 2013 conclaves. Most recently, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa to a special eight member commission of cardinals that will advise him on the reform of the Roman Curia and Church governance.


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