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Cardinal Seán Baptist Brady turns 80

Cardinal Seán Baptist Brady has turned 80. As a consequence, he can no longer participate in an eventual conclave due to age limit.

He was president of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, one of the nations most 'hit' by scandals of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests.

He is currently Archbishop emeritus of Armagh in Ireland and the only cardinal in his country. He was elected to this position by Benedict XVI in 2007.

Until Aug. 2019, there will only be 118 voters for another conclave in the College of Cardinals. A number less than the maximum of 120 stipulated in the Constitution Romano Pontifici Eligendo.

During the remainder of 2019, four of the 118 voters will also turn 80. Therefore, they will become non-electors due to age limit.