Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani turns 80. The number of cardinal electors drops to 115.
Cardinal Sebastiani has been responsible for handling delicate diplomatic work as nuncio in Madagascar and Turkey, especially in matters with Islam. In 1997, John Paul II asked him to take charge of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs for the Holy See, which publishes the accounts of the Vatican every year. He held this position until 2008, when he turned 78. ;
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