The press presented him as one of the leading Italian candidates but the Italian cardinals are now a minority in the college. Cardinal Tettamanzi remains eligible to vote in any future conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday on 14 March 2014. Moreover Tettamanzi's less than imposing figure did not impress on an international level.
Previous to his service in Milan Tettamanzi was Archbishop of Genoa. Dionigi Tettamanzi (born 14 March 1934) is an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.