The List of Men Who Could become Pope

A press release from (Vatican City, 1 March 2013) the Vatican Information Service, states that the College of Cardinals is currently comprised of 207 cardinals. However, only 117 Cardinal electors can vote in the election of the Pope because the remaining 90 cardinals are over the age of 80.

Nigeria has three cardinals: Francis Cardinal Arinze, Anthony Cardinal Okogie and John Cardinal Onaiyekan. But only Okogie and Onaiyekan are Cardinal electors.

The hierarchy in the College of Cardinals

The release from VIS explains further:

First in the order of the hierarchy are Cardinal-bishops. Currently six in number, these were originally the bishops of the “suburbicarian” dioceses of Rome. Still today the Cardinal-bishops are assigned one of these seven suburbicarian Sees, even though they are not bishops of the diocese. Alongside the titular Cardinal-bishops of those Sees in the hierarchy of the Church (with the exception of Ostia’s titular who, since 1150, has been the dean of the College of Cardinals), Pope Paul VI added, in his motu proprio of 1965, “Ad Purpuratorum Patrum”, the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The patriarchs are not assigned any further title because the names of each of their patriarchal Sees are already included in their title as cardinal.

Second and most numerous in the three orders of cardinals are the Cardinal-priests who are assigned the “titulos” (title) of the important churches of the Diocese of Rome.

Last in the order of cardinals are the Cardinal-deacons who were originally the seven deacons in the Papal Household and the seven deacons who supervised the Church’s works in the districts of Rome during the early Middle Ages, when church administration was effectively the government of Rome and provided for all of the city’s social services. Cardinal-deacons today are given title to one of these deaconries.

Members of the College of Cardinals: Men who Could Become Pope

Following is the complete list of the College of Cardinals according to their respective order of precedence. Cardinal electors are marked with an asterisk.

Cardinal-Bishops
SODANO Angelo
ETCHEGARAY Roger
*RE Giovanni Battista
ARINZE Francis
*BERTONE Tarcisio
SARAIVA MARTINS José

Cardinal-Bishop Patriarchs
SFEIR Nasrallah Pierre
DELLY Emmanuel III
*NAGUIB Antonios
*RAÏ Béchara Boutros

Cardinal-Priests
ARNS Paulo Evaristo
BAUM William Wakefield
CÉ Marco
MACHARSKI Franciszek
KITBUNCHU Michael Michai
do NASCIMENTO Alexandre
*DANNEELS Godfried
WILLIAMS Thomas Stafford
*MEISNER Joachim
LOURDUSAMY D. Simon
OBANDO BRAVO Miguel
VIDAL Ricardo J.
GULBINOWICZ Henryk Roman
TOMKO Jozef
POUPARD Paul
WETTER Friedrich
PIOVANELLI Silvano
SIMONIS Adrianus Johannes
LAW Bernard Francis
BIFFI Giacomo
MARTÍNEZ SOMALO Eduardo
SILVESTRINI Achille
FALCÃO José Freire
SANTOS Alexandre José Maria dos
CANESTRI Giovanni
PIMENTA Simon Ignatius
CLANCY Edward Bede
SZOKA Edmund Casimir
PASKAI László
TUMI Christian Wiyghan
CASSIDY Edward Idris
*LÓPEZ RODRÍGUEZ Nicolas de Jesús
ANGELINI Fiorenzo
*MAHONY Roger Michael
RUINI Camillo
KOREC Ján Chryzostom
SCHWERY Henri
VLK Miloslav
FURNO Carlo
*DARMAATMADJA Julius Riyadi
*ORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime Lucas
AGUSTONI Gilberto
WAMALA Emmanuel
KEELER William Henry
*TURCOTTE Jean-Claude
CARLES GORDÓ Ricardo María
MAIDA Adam Joseph
*PULJI? Vinko
*SANDOVAL ÍÑIGUEZ Juan
TONINI Ersilio
MEDINA ESTÉVEZ Jorge Arturo
CASTRILLÓN HOYOS Darío
ANTONETTI Lorenzo
STAFFORD James Francis
DE GIORGI Salvatore
ARAÚJO Serafim FERNANDES de
*ROUCO VARELA Antonio María
*TETTAMANZI Dionigi
*PENGO Polycarp
*SCHÖNBORN Christoph
*RIVERA CARRERA Norberto
*GEORGE Francis Eugene
JAWORSKI Marian
PUJATS J?nis
CACCIAVILLAN Agostino
SEBASTIANI Sergio
*GROCHOLEWSKI Zenon
*SEPE Crescenzio
MEJÍA Jorge María
*KASPER Walter
*DIAS Ivan
*AGNELO Geraldo Majella
RUBIANO SÁENZ Pedro
MCCARRICK Theodore Edgar
CONNELL Desmond
*BA?KIS Audrys Juozas
*ERRÁZURRIZ OSSA Francisco Javier
*TERRAZAS SANDOVAL Julio
*NAPIER Wilfrid Fox
*RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Óscar Andrés
AGRÉ Bernard
*CIPRIANI Thorne Juan Luis
ÁLVAREZ MARTÍNEZ Francisco
*HUMMES Cláudio
*BERGOGLIO Jorge Mario
*POLICARPO José da Cruz
*POLETTO Severino
MURPHY-O’CONNOR Cormac
EGAN Edward Michael
HUSAR Lubomyr
*LEHMANN Karl
TUCCI Roberto
*SCOLA Angelo
*OKOGIE Anthony Olubunmi
PANAFIEU Bernard
*ZUBEIR Wako Gabriel
*AMIGO VALLEJO Carlos
*RIGALI Justin Francis
*O’BRIEN Keith Michael Patrick
SCHEID Eusébio Oscar
*ANTONELLI Ennio
*TURKSON Peter Kodwo Appiah
*TOPPO Telesphore Placidus
*PELL George
*BOZANI? Josip
*PHAM MINH MÂN Jean-Baptiste
*BARBARIN Philippe
*ERD? Péter
*OUELLET Marc
*VALLINI Agostino
*UROSA SAVINO Jorge Liberato
ROSALES Gaudencio B.
*RICARD Jean-Pierre
*CAÑIZARES LLOVERA Antonio
CHEONG Jinsuk Nicholas
*O’MALLEY Sean Patrick
*DZIWISZ Stanis?aw
*CAFFARRA Carlo
ZEN ZE-KIUN Joseph
*BRADY Seán Baptist
*MARTÍNEZ SISTACH Lluís
*VINGT-TROIS André
*BAGNASCO Angelo
*SARR Théodore-Adrien
*GRACIAS Oswald
*ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco
*DiNARDO Daniel N.
*SCHERER Odilo Pedro
*NJUE John
KARLIC Estanislao Esteban
MAZOMBWE Medardo Joseph
*VELA CHIRIBOGA Raúl Eduardo
*MONSENGWO PASINYA Laurent
*ROMEO Paolo
*WUERL Donald William
*ASSIS Raymundo DAMASCENO
*NYCZ Kazimierz
*PATABENDIGE DON Albert Malcolm Ranjith
*MARX Reinhard
ESTEPA LLAURENS José Manuel
*ALENCHERRY George
*COLLINS Thomas Christopher
*DUKA Dominik
*EIJK Willem Jacobus
*BETORI Giuseppe
*DOLAN Timothy Michael
*WOELKI Rainer Maria
*TONG HON John
MURE?AN Lucian
*THOTTUNKAL Baselios Cleemis
*ONAIYEKAN John Olorunfemi
*SALAZAR GÓMEZ Rubén
*TAGLE Luis Antonio
Cardinal-Deacons
*TAURAN Jean-Louis
MARTINO Renato Raffaele
MARCHISANO Francesco
HERRANZ Julián
LOZANO BARRAGÁN Javier
*NICORA Attilio
COTTIER Georges Marie Martin
NAGY Stanis?aw
*LEVADA William Joseph
*RODÉ Franc
CORDERO LANZA di Montezemolo Andrea
VANHOYE Albert
*SANDRI Leonardo
*LAJOLO Giovanni
*CORDES Paul Josef
*COMASTRI Angelo
*RY?KO Stanis?aw
*FARINA Raffaele
COPPA Giovanni
*AMATO Angelo
*SARAH Robert
*MONTERISI Francesco
*BURKE Raymond Leo
*KOCH Kurt
*SARDI Paolo
*PIACENZA Mauro
*DE PAOLIS Velasio
*RAVASI Gianfranco
SGRECCIA Elio
BRANDMÜLLER Walter
BARTOLUCCI Domenico
*FILONI Fernando
*MONTEIRO de CASTRO Manuel
*ABRIL y CASTELLÓ Santos
*VEGLIÒ Antonio Maria
*BERTELLO Giuseppe
*COCCOPALMERIO Francesco
*AVIZ João BRAZ de
*O’BRIEN Edwin Frederick
*CALCAGNO Domenico
*VERSALDI Giuseppe
GRECH Prosper
BECKER Karl
*HARVEY James Michael

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3 Comments

  1. When I read the words of Pope Benedict XVI ‘I renounce the Petrine Chair’ I was breathless and worried. Has the world grown so heinous and utterly grotesque that the Pope, no matter how feeble and wasted he might be, would no longer be able to wear the fisherman’s shoe and shoulder the weight of our miserable world? I called on the Holy Spirit, and asked one question after another, and I finally would pray, May the light of The Spirit ever glow blissfully in the Church and may the minds and souls of the cardinals be fervent laboratories for The Holy Spirit to work assiduously to renew the Church, the world. May the Holy Spirit ever live in his Church. In this year of Faith, may the truth of Petrine orthodoxy shine unabated with all its brilliant teachings as we, the faithful, take the light of Christ to our friends and colleagues.

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  2. My comments on the ope continue. Ever since Feb. 11 when Pope Benedict XVI shocked my sensibilities with his renouncement of the See of Peter, i have myself more strongly bound to the papacy than ever before. I came across this quote by Pope John Paul II, as i was wading through the Sistine Chapel: “If before the Last Judgement we are dazzled by splendour and fear, admiring on the one hand the glorified bodies and on the other those subjected to eternal damnation, we also understand that the entire vision is deeply permeated by one light and one artistic logic: the light and logic of the faith that the Church proclaims by confessing: I believe in one God … creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible” (from the Homily pronounced by the Holy Father John Paul II on 8 April 1994). I love this immensely and I shall say the Credo ever more fervently in this year of faith.

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