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The men who could be pope

Associated Press

The men who could be pope

Francis Cardinal Arinze
Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Age: 72
Nigerian defends conservative views in Africa

The same year Francis Cardinal Arinze was ordained a priest, an older colleague was ... More

Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio
Archbishop of Buenos Aires
Age: 68
Argentine emphasizes humility, shuns the limelight

Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio has earned the good will of Argentina's Roman Catholics with his self-effacing style — he rides the bus to work ... More

Dario Cardinal Castrillon
Congregation for the Clergy
Age: 75
Colombian seen as man of courage, candour

In a country where dozens of priests have been killed for their straightforward talk, Dario Cardinal Castrillon has a reputation ... More

Cardinal Godfried Danneels
Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
Age: 71
Belgian a leading church diplomat

When the news came that the John Paul II was facing his final hours, Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels was on a mission to China ... More

Cardinal Claudio Hummes
Archbishop of São Paulo
Age: 70
Brazilian a social progressive but conservative on doctrine

As bishop of a working-class district 30 years ago, Claudio Hummes gave refuge to metalworkers staging an illegal strike... More

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dean of the College of Cardinals
Age: 78
German led doctrinal crackdowns

Ahead of the secret vote for the next pope, rigorously conservative Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger ... More

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
Age: 71
Italian held powerful post that dealt with sex scandals

Usually it is the cardinal who calls on the pope. But Giovanni Battista Re was so close to John Paul II ... More

Norberto Cardinal Rivera
Archbishop of Mexico
Age: 62
Mexican conservative has been outspoken against corruption, poverty

Norberto Cardinal Rivera has ministered for 10 years to his sprawling capital city ... More

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga
Archbishop of Vienna
Age: 62
Honduran a moderate in a region of radical priests

Honduran Archbishop Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga is a linguist, scientist and saxophone player — and a widely respected moderate cardinal. More

Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn
Archbishop of Vienna
Age: 60
Austrian prefers low profile, tested by controversy

Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn strives for a low profile as leader of Austria's Roman Catholics, but that goal has not always been easy. More

Angelo Cardinal Scola
Patriarch of Venice
Age: 63
Italian projects dynamic image after years of reflection

Angelo Cardinal Scola has glided down the Grand Canal in a sleek black gondola, started a cross-cultural magazine and travelled to Kenya ... More

Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi
Archbishop of Milan
Age: 71
Italian may be in right place at right time

Throughout his steadily rising church career, Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi has had a knack of being in the right place at the right time ... More

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