French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is 69 years old. He was born in Bordeaux and was ordained at the age 26. Twenty years later, he began working at the Vatican as a minister of foreign affairs. As Cardinal Deacon, he has an important role after the conclave comes to a close. If he is not elected Pope, he has to go out to the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tell the world that a Pope has been elected. He will announce those two awaited and historic words of: “Habemus Papam.”
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco was born in Pontevico, a small town in the North of Italy, 70 years ago. His parents were from Genova but had to abandon the city during World War II. His father worked in a pasta factory, and his mother was a home maker. After the war, they returned to the city, where Cardinal Bagnasco was able to study Philosophy. He was ordained to the priesthood at 23 years old.
South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier talks about the meetings in which the College of Cardinals prepare for the conclave, the election of a new pope.
Nearly an hour after the end of the third general congregations, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said he would likely wear his Capuchin cassock until his death. When asked if he would trade it for the white cassock if elected Pope, O'Malley said no, but not as an act of defiance.
Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza is 68 years old. He has been with the Vatican's Curia for over 20 years. He is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. In the past, he has also served as head of the archeology and cultural heritage department.
The current archbishop of Budapest is also the president of the Council of European Bishop's Conference. He is 60 years old, an expert in Canon Law, and is known for his ability to mediate between opposing views. He was one of the most widely received voices during the Synod for the New Evangelization in October.
Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer is the Archbishop of São Paulo, a city of over 20 million people. He is 64 years old. His grandparents were German immigrants. Interestingly, he is not the only cardinal in his family. Late cardinal Alfredo Scherer was a distant relative of his.
Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai is the Patriarch of the Maronites of Antioch. He was born in Lebanon on 1940, and was ordained a priest at 27 years old. In November 2012, Benedict XVI created him cardinal. He is known for his conciliatory tone and his desire for peace.
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is 70 years old. He is passionate about classical music, having studied the saxophone, the piano, harmony and composition. He even directed an orchestra as a seminarian. He has studied theology, philosophy, clinical psychology and psychotherapy. What many don't know about him is that Cardinal Maradiaga loves to fly, and is certified as an aeronautical pilot. Watch this video for more!
Brazil is the largest Catholic country and has five papal electors for the conclave. One of them is 65-year-old Joao Braz de Aviz, a member for the Focolare movement. This cardinal says he knew what his vocation would be early on.
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