September 21, 2012. (Romereports.com) Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli, has died in Rome at the age of 77. The longtime diplomat served as a nuncio in France, Peru and the Dominican Republic. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him major penitentiary and made him a cardinal in 2010.
With his death, the number of cardinals eligible to participate in an eventual conclave is reduced to 116.