by Anura Guruge
Following my two recent posts on the trends related to the death of cardinals it was inevitable that I was asked as to the trends related to when cardinals die. The good news is that contemporary cardinals enjoy exceptional longevity, way above the current life expectancy for the U.S. (78.4 years) and that for the world (67.2).
We haven’t had a cardinal elector die since April 19, 2008. That was Colombian Cardinal Bishop Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, at the age of 72 years and 5 months. (Thanks Mike for helping me get the date right.)
During the 10 year period, 2001 to 2010, only 15 cardinal electors have passed away.