Cassidy, Edward Idris
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Deacon of S. Maria in Via Lata
Native Country: Australia
Appointed by: John Paul II on 28 June 1991
Ecclesiastical Office:  President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy was born on July 5, 1924, in Sydney, Australia. He was ordained a priest on July 23, 1949. In 1955, he entered the Vatican diplomatic service. He served in nunciatures in India, Ireland, El Salvador and Argentina. On November 15, 1970, he was ordained titular bishop of Amantia with the personal title of archbishop. He served as pro-nuncio to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1970 to 1979 and pro-nuncio to Bangladesh and apostolic delegate to Burma from 1973 to 1979. From 1979 until 1984, he served as pro-nuncio to Lesotho and apostolic delegate to southern Africa. He then served as pro-nuncio to the Netherlands from 1984 until 1988, and from 1988 to 1989 he was the substitute for the Secretary of State for General Affairs. He was president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 1989 to 2001. On June 28, 1991, he was created a cardinal, and titular Deacon of St. Mary (in via Lata). He is President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, having retired from that position 3 March 2001. In the Roman Curia, he serves as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Bishops, the Congregation for Oriental Churches, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He also serves in the Council for Interreligious Dialogue and in the office of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. On 26 February 2002, he was appointed Cardinal-Priest of St. Mary in Via Lata.