Explore the College of Cardinals

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the College of Cardinals is convening to select the new leader of the Catholic Church. Use this graphic to learn more about the cardinals who will select the next pope.
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* Mexico is included in Latin America totals, so North American cardinals listed include only the United States and Canada. * Keith O'Brien, the Scottish cardinal who recently resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, is not included in this graphic. * Ages of cardinals are by March 8, 2013, the earliest day the conclave is supposed to start.
List of cardinals selected
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The oldest
Ersilio Tonini
Rei Momo
Ersilio Tonini (98)
Cardinals over 80 are not allowed to participate in the process to elect a new Pontiff. This Italian cardinal has the honor of being the oldest living cardinal.
The youngest
Baselios Cleemis
Baselios Cleemis (53)
This member of the Syro-Manlankara Catholic Chuch of India was appointed cardinal in November 2012 by Benedict XVI. He is two-and-a-half years younger than Rainer Woelki, the next-youngest cardinal.
The moving piece
Walter Kasper
Walter Kasper
A German and Vatican insider who will turn 80 on March 5, putting him beyond the age by which he can attend a conclave. If the conclave begins March 8 or later, as is currently planned, Kasper may just miss out on the process.
The pope
Joseph Ratzinger
Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI
The future is unclear for the current Pope Benedict XVI. After he steps down as pope, Benedict won't be able to participate in the conclave because he is over 80 (he's 85). He will keep his name (Benedict XVI) and will be named Pope Emeritus, but won't be able to wear papal robes.

SOURCE: Holy See Press Office, Globe Staff

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