Cardinal Sebastian Koto passed away on April 17 at the age of 91. He was bishop of Mohale’s Hoek, in Lesotho, a small country of just over two million people surrounded by South Africa.
Francis made him an honorary cardinal in 2016. At that time, he was unable to attend this ceremony due to health and age reasons.
The number of cardinals drops to 224. Although the electors remain 126, there are 98 who are over 80 years old and cannot participate in a conclave.