As you know, His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, on 1 November turned 76. Very often Prefects are called to step down at 75.
Card. Arinze’s 50th anniversary of ordination of priesthood, his Jubilee, is 23 November.
There has been some talk that the next Prefect may be his Eminence Antonio Card. Canizares Llovera, archbishop of Toledo, the one some have nicknamed "the little Ratzinger".
VATICAN CITY, 20 NOV 2008 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
- Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
- Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, archbishop of Toledo, Spain.
This is in from the site of the intrepid Andrea Tornielli (my translation):
Today Benedict XVI received in audience the Archbishop of Toledo, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera. Sunday, 23 November, the Nigerian Francis Arinze, celebrates his Jubilee of priesthood and in the first weeks of December we await the nomination of his successor, who will be Cañizares, called in Spain, "the little Ratzinger. It is foreseen in the first months of next year, probably before Easter, after the new Prefect will have settled into the Congregation, also a change of the Secretary: the Sri Lankan Archbishop Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don will be named Archbishop of Colombo (and perhaps cardinal).