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Who Will Succeed Pope Benedict XVI? Top Contenders for the Next Leader of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign due to poor health. Speculation is already mounting about his potential replacement. Vatican experts have mentioned four contenders who they believe may succeed the pope when he steps down on February 28th.

In the past 100 years, there have been five Italian popes,

and to no surprise, two of the people on the list are Italian. They include, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan who is considered an “intellectual heavyweight,” and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa who is said to be savvy in politics and media.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana would be the first black pope. Several years ago, he was asked about whether the time was right for a black pope. He replied, “Why not?”

From Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet has been mentioned as a possibility. He was the Archbishop of Quebec and is said to be conservative.

John Moody, a Fox News executive, said on America’s Newsroom that the church will likely select a younger pope. What about the possibility of an American pope, namely Cardinal Timothy Dolan? Watch the clip below to find out:

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