July 1, 2014. The Council of Cardinals began their fifth meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. Starting today at Casa Santa Marta, it will end on Friday, July 4. The previous meetings were from 1 to 3 October 2013, 3 -5 December 2013, from 17 to 19 February 2014 and 28 to 30 April 2014.
He also led the Vatican department that funds the Roman Curia and maintains Vatican-owned properties, until his retirement in 1998. That same year, John Paul II created him a cardinal and appointed him as a delegate to the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
With his death, there are now 205 members in the College of Cardinals, although only 113 are under 80, and eligible to vote in a conclave.