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

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
Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Coat of arms of Eduardo Martinez Somalo.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeThagora (titular see)


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 linksEdit

  • "Martínez Somalo Card. Eduardo". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  • Letter to Cardinal Martínez Somalo from Pope Benedict on his resignation as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
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
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
Succeeded by
Tarcisio Bertone