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2015-09-19

September 19th marks the 80th birthday of Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, making him ineligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Italian cardinal has a long history in the Vatican Curia. Just a few years back, in 2010, he was appointment by Benedict XVI as the Pontifical Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. He was assigned to oversee the Legion as it dealt with reforms following the abuses of the order's founder, Marcial Maciel. 

For many years, he also served in the Holy See's Economic Affairs Department. 

In a 2014 interview, he spoke with Rome Reports about the Synod on the Family and the Doctrine of the Church. 

CARD. VELASIO DE PAOLIS
"These are items that cannot be changed on a whim. Not even the Pope can change the doctrine of the Church. It's a matter of understanding if a certain doctrine is either intangible or if its a praxis of the Church than can be modified.”

With his 80th birthday, the number of cardinal electors, meaning those who are younger than 80 and have the right to vote in an eventual conclave, drops to 122


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