Who will elect the next pope?

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Roman Catholic Church law requires cardinals, the pope's chief advisers, to elect his successor. There are 208 cardinals from 68 nations but only those under age 80 are eligible to vote.

Of the 119 electors as of January 2013, most (67) were named by Benedict XVI and the rest (52) by Pope John Paul II.

Although the USA has only 6% of the 1.2 billion global Catholic population, it has 19 cardinals including 11 electors, about 10% of the total electors.


Electors by region:

Europe, 62

North America, 18

South America, 13

Africa, 11

Asia, 11

Central America, 3

Oceania, 1

Countries with the most cardinal-electors:

Italy: 28

United States: 11

Germany: 6

Brazil, India, Spain: 5 each

France, Mexico, Poland: 4 each

U.S. electors (year named)

Raymond Burke, (2010) archbishop emeritus of St. Louis, now head of the Vatican's high court, the Apostolic Signatura

Daniel DiNardo, (2007) archbishop of Galveston-Houston

Timothy Dolan, (2012) archbishop of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Francis George, (1998) archbishop of Chicago

James Harvey, (2012) of Milwaukee, former head of the papal household and now archpriest of a major basilica in Rome

William Levada, (2006) archbishop emeritus of San Francisco, retired after heading the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Roger Mahony, (1991) archbishop. emeritus of Los Angeles

Edwin O'Brien, (2012) archbishop of Baltimore

Sean O'Malley, (2006) archbishop of Boston

Justin Rigali, (2003) archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia

Donald Wuerl, (2010) archbishop of Washington, D.C.

U.S. cardinals too old to vote:

William Baum, Major Penitentiary emeritus

Edward Egan, Abp. emeritus of New York

William Keeler, Abp. emeritus of Baltimore

Bernard Law, Abp. emeritus of Boston

Theodore McCarrick, Abp. emeritus of Washington

Adam Maida, Abp. emeritus of Detroit

James Stafford, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

Edmund Szoka, governor emeritus of the Vatican City State


SOURCE:The Catholic Almanac

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