Monday, March 11, 2013

Media Speculates On Leading Candidates For New Pope

With the Conclave to elect a new Pope scheduled to begin in the Vatican tomorrow, AP reports on the leading contenders as of yesterday. It says the Vatican Curia is backing Brazilian Odilo Scherer who would be expected to appoint an Italian insider as Secretary of State, the number 2 position that runs day-to-day affairs. American cardinals are leading a push for a reform-minded pope and are backing Milan archbishop Angelo Scola. Three American Cardinals are also being mentioned as candidates-- Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston,  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington,  Italy has the largest group of Cardinal electors and Italians had been elected to the Papacy for 455 years prior to 1978 when splits in the Italian delegation ended the tradition with the election of Pope John Paul II.