Louis Epstein gave us a heads up on Sviatoslav Shevchuk’s election, the very day it was sanctioned by the pope, i.e., March 25, 2011.
This is what Louis, a cardinal-watcher, said on that day: “The election as Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of a man who will not turn 50 until May 2020 and will certainly be a Cardinal by then opens the door to a new elector-under-50 unless Benedict XVI lives as long as Leo XIII.”
Today, Marko B. of Croatia, another cardinal-watcher, sent me an e-mail with a subject line along the lines of the title of this post. He went onto add: “Since Lubomyr Husar turn 80 in February 2013, Shevcuk could become cardinal by 2015 (I expect the next consistory in November 2012), which would make him by far the youngest cardinal.”
That he opts for a youthful, immaculately-trimmed goatee as opposed to an unkempt mangy beard definitely makes me like him (even more). Way to go. Who knows, my successor may even have the pleasure of considering him a papabile c.2050! [That will NOT be the Next Pope, but most like the one after that.]
Here are some links:
1/ Wikipedia — short bio.
2/ Kiev Post on his election.
3/ Ukrainian News agency on his election.