Eduardo Martínez Somalo

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Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Appointed21 January 1992
Term ended11 February 2004
Predecessor Jean Jérôme Hamer, OP
Successor Franc Rode CM
Orders
Ordination19 March 1950
by  Luigi Traglia
Consecration13 December 1975
by  Jean-Marie Villot
Created cardinal28 June 1988
Personal details
Birth nameEduardo Martínez Somalo
Born (1927-03-31) 31 March 1927 (age 92)
Baños de Río Tobía, Kingdom of Spain
NationalitySpanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater Pontifical Gregorian University
Coat of arms Coat of arms of Eduardo Martinez Somalo.svg
Styles of
Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Coat of arms of Eduardo Martinez Somalo.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Thagora (titular see)

Eduardo Martínez Somalo (Spanish pronunciation:  [eˈðwaɾ.ðo maɾˈtineθ soˈmalo] ; born 31 March 1927) [1] is a Spanish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Biography

On 5 April 1993 Martínez was named Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, an office of special importance when the papacy is vacant. He served in that position until his 80th birthday. He was the acting sovereign of Vatican City from the death of Pope John Paul II to the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Martínez retired as Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 11 February 2004. He participated as a Cardinal elector in the 2005 Papal conclave, but he lost the right to participate in future conclaves on his 80th birthday. On his 80th birthday he also ceased to be Camerlengo, and was succeeded in that post by Tarcisio Bertone, who also served as Secretary of State.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giuseppe Caprio
Substitute for General Affairs
5 May 1979 – 23 March 1988
Succeeded by
Edward Idris Cassidy
Preceded by
Paul Mayer
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
1988–1992
Succeeded by
Antonio María Javierre Ortas
Preceded by
Jean Jerome Cardinal Hamer, OP
Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life
21 January 1992 – 11 February 2004)
Succeeded by
Franc Cardinal Rode, CM
Preceded by
Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy
Cardinal Protodeacon
29 January 1996 – 9 January 1999
Succeeded by
Pio Laghi
Preceded by
Sebastiano Baggio
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
1993–2007
Succeeded by
Tarcisio Bertone