31 May 2010

Janssen retired, Geerlings, Hegge, and Theising named Münster Auxiliaries

Bishop Heinrich Janssen retired and Bishop-elect Dieter Geerlings, Bishop-elect Christoph Hegge, and Bishop-elect Wilfried Theising were named Auxiliary Bishops of Münster, Germany and titular bishops of Tacapae, Sicilibba, and Mina, respectively.

Vancottem named Namur Bishop

Bishop Rémy Victor Vancottem was named Bishop of Namur {Namen}, Belgium.

The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop André-Joseph (Mutien) Léonard was named Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel {Malines-Brussels} in January 2010.

Bishop Vancottem had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Mechelen-Brussel.

Nketsiah named Cape Coast Archbishop

Archbishop-designate Matthias Kobena Nketsiah was named Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana.

The archdiocese had been vacant since Archbishop Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson was named President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in October 2009.

Archbishop-designate Nketsiah had been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the same archdiocese.

Burke resigned as Benin City Archbishop

Archbishop Richard Anthony Burke, S.P.S. resigned as Archbishop of Benin City, Nigeria.

28 May 2010

Version 2.6.4

I've done some work on the code today. The changes are mostly internal and will allow me do some more analysis of cardinals over time. There are two visible changes. On the page for someone that was created a cardinal and then later resigned that dignity, the length of service as a cardinal is now correct.

The second change is that on the Pope pages, there is a new column named "Conclave Start" which has the date and a link to the page for that conclave (if I have one on the site).

If you happen to see any strange side effects (probably involving cardinals), please let me know via the usual feedback page.

Adams retired, de Gouveia named Oudtshoorn Bishop

Bishop Edward Robert Adams retired and Bishop-elect Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia was named Bishop of Oudtshoorn, South Africa.

04 May 2010

Cardinal Poggi Died

Luigi Cardinal Poggi, Cardinal, Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives, has died.

He was 92 years old and had served as a priest for 69 years. He had also served as a bishop for almost 45 years (anniversary of consecration was next Sunday) and as a cardinal for 15 years.

May he rest in peace.

02 May 2010

Technical Note regarding Voting Cardinals

While doing some research I discovered that my wording on the website relating to the age of a cardinal and his right to vote in a conclave was not accurate. I'm in the process of updating the wording on the site.
The old wording was:
Cardinals under the age of 80 at the time the Holy See becomes vacant may vote in a conclave.
The new wording is:
Cardinals that reach the age of 80 before the Holy See becomes vacant may not vote in a conclave.
It may not seem like that big of a change, but there is one important distinction. If the Cardinal turns 80 years old on the same day that the Holy See becomes vacant, he does retain the right to vote in the subsequent conclave.
(Source: #33, Universi Dominici Gregis, by Pope John Paul II, on 22 Feb 1996)

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