Cardinal Georges Pell reached the age of 80 on Tuesday, June 8, from which a cardinal can no longer elect the pope during the conclave.
Born in 1941, Cardinal Pell was notably Archbishop of Sydney (2001-2014), Australia, and elevated to the cardinalate by John Paul II in 2003. Appointed by Pope Francis to head the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014, he was charged by the Pope with the difficult reform of Vatican finances. He was forced to resign in 2018, to organize his defense in Australia, where he was implicated in pedophilia cases.
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He was imprisoned between November 2018 and April 2020 for a presumption of sexual abuse of minors, before being acquitted by the justice of his country.
73 voters were nominated by François
The cardinal electors, that is to say aged under 80, are now 124, including 73 appointed by Francis, 39 by Benedict XVI and 12 by John Paul II.
Of the 124 voters, 53 are Europeans, 16 Africans, 16 are from North America, 15 from Asia, 14 from South America, 7 from Central America and 3 from Oceania.
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Among the electors, four are French: the former Archbishop of Paris André Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, former Archbishop of Lyon, and the Prefect of the Supreme Court of Signature apostolic, Cardinal Dominique Mamberti.