March 10, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The Guatemalan Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño has turned 80 years old
, which means he loses the right to vote in an eventual conclave. During the 1990's, he was one of the main mediators, working to end the civil war
that struck his country for 36 years.
Card. Rodolfo Quezada Toruño
Archbishop Emeritus of Guatemala
“Divine Providence allowed me to work a few years ago as a mediator between the guerrillas and the government. I believe this work could have been well done by any of the bishops of Guatemala. Something I like is that from the moment of the peace signing until now, thank God, we have not had a single person killed that was involved in the war.”
Rodolfo Quezada is currently the Archbishop Emeritus of Guatemala. John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2003 and two years later he voted in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI. Quezada's 80th birthday means there are now 124 cardinal electors and 88 non-electors.