Eduardo Martinez Somalo
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Eduardo Martinez Somalo

Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Chamberlain Emeritus of the Apostolic Chamber
Appointed5 April 1993
Term ended4 April 2007
PredecessorSebastiano Baggio
SuccessorTarcisio Bertone SDB
Other postsPrefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (1992-2004)
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, Spain
DenominationRoman Catholic
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
Coat of armsEduardo Martínez Somalo's coat of arms
Styles of
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeThagora (titular see)

Eduardo Martínez Somalo (Spanish pronunciation: [e'ðwa?.ðo ma?'tine? so'malo]; born 31 March 1927)[1] is a Spanish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


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.


External links

  • "Martínez Somalo Card. Eduardo". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  • Letter to Cardinal Martínez Somalo from Pope Benedict on his resignation as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church

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