Cardinal barred from voting in prior conclave will be able to until 2026 by ruling

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30/04/2024
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The Pontifical Yearbook for the year 2024 is full of surprises. In addition to the Pope's reinstatement of the title of Patriarch of the West, the date of a cardinal's birth has now been corrected.

While it may seem minor, this change will mean that the cardinal of Kenya, John Njue, who was to turn 80 at the end of the year and, therefore, no longer be eligible to vote in a conclave, will be able to do so for two more years, until 2026.

In past directories, such as the one in 2013, Nairobi's archbishop emeritus' birthday was listed as 1944. Meaning, he would be 79 years old.

The source of this error is that the year he was born in Kenya was known, but not the specific day or month. When this happens, the date of birth is usually set as December 31. But what is not known is how his actual birth year was discovered.

Now, both in the yearbook and on the Vatican website, the Cardinal's date of birth is January 1, 1946. This means he is officially 78 years old and will be able to vote in the conclave until January 1, 2026.

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