Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Vatican II Trivia

Cardinal Francis Arinze
Interesting bit of trivia.  I just learned that there are still 69 Second Vatican Council Fathers alive today.  The three oldest of these Council Fathers are apparently 102 years old.

The Vatican has apparently reported that 12 of these 69 Council Fathers will be present at the Mass on Friday 12 October 2012 for the opening of the Year of Faith. They will concelebrate Mass at the Tomb of St Peter.

Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araújo
The 12 Council Fathers who will be present are: Cardinal Francis Arinze; Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araújo; Archbishop Hilarion Capucci; Bishop José Mauro Ramalho de Alarcón Santiago; Bishop Yves-Georges-René Ramousse; Bishop Georges-Hilarie Dupont; Bishop Felice Leonardo; Bishop Luigi Bettazzi; Bishop José de Jesús Sahagún de la Parra; Bishop Robert-Casimir Tonyui Messan Dosseh-Anyron; Bishop William John McNaughton; Bishop Roberto Cáceres.

The other Council Fathers will not be present due to their health or age making this difficult.

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