Eduardo Martínez Somalo

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His Eminence
Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Chamberlain Emeritus of the Apostolic Chamber
Appointed 5 April 1993
Term ended 4 April 2007
Predecessor Sebastiano Baggio
Successor Tarcisio Bertone SDB
Other posts Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (1992–2004)
Ordination 19 March 1950
by Luigi Traglia
Consecration 13 December 1975
by Jean-Marie Villot
Created Cardinal 28 June 1988
Personal details
Birth name Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Born (1927-03-31) 31 March 1927 (age 90)
Baños de Río Tobía, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Coat of arms Eduardo Martínez Somalo's coat of arms
Styles of
Eduardo Martínez Somalo
Coat of arms of Eduardo Martinez Somalo.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Thagora (titular see)

Eduardo Martínez Somalo (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 Camerlengo in 2005 when the papacy was vacant following the death of Pope John Paul II. 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
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