My suggestions will close to two names. The reason why I choose them is simple: the pope must come from the biggest catholic group of countries and
that is Latin America, must be reformist, must be energetic enough to eradicate the sin within the ranks, must be young enough for that, and must be
DEVOTE to do all that, especially to Our Lady. There may be many bishops who qualify. As you know the conclave can elect as next pope ANY baptised man
who qualifies to become bishop, without being a priest. Although there are some historic precedents, more realistically is to look in the list of
leading archbishops if a non-cardinal would be the choice of the conclave.
Óscar Andrés Rodríguez cardinal Maradiaga, SDB (born December 29, 1942) is a Honduran Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the current Archbishop
of Tegucigalpa, President of Caritas Internationalis and was President of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) from 1995 to 1999.
Rodríguez was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He was the Vatican's spokesperson with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, on the
issue of Third World debt.
I would say he is rather reformist. If he is elected, expect a spring storm in the Catholic church with many dead trees fallen. Perhaps we need a
velvet revolution right now? Elect cardinal Maradiaga then! He is deeply devoted to Our Lady and this February he consecrated a Medjugorje Cross
replica in Honduras before thousands of youths.
Murilo Sebastião Ramos Krieger, S.C.J (19 September 1943 - ) is the current archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia and therefore primate of Brazil
since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 12 January 2011.
My comment, the archbishop - primate of Brazil is the ideal candidate for a non-cardinal to be elected. At one point the cardinal-electors may be
deadlocked within themselves if there are too opposite agendas among them. Then they need an outside person, as that happened in history. While there
are other cardinals of Brazil, the biggest catholic country on earth, they are not so widely known to the outside world. Of course cardinal Sherer of
Sao Paulo is a suitable candidate as well.
But you need an ENERGETIC REFORMER at this time of the Church history, who is at the same time a very devote person. Archbishop Krieger is known for
his deep devotion to Our Lady and particularly the apparitions in Medjugorje. He has recorded talk with pope John Paul II together with other bishops
on the topic of Medjugorje. Now as archbishop of Bahia he gets another big apparition site in his archdiocese - that of Anguera. He is still not a
cardinal because his predecessor of Bahia is still alive and even under 80 (electable for pope).
However let face the truth. The 1.2 bln Church most of which lives in misery in the Third World, needs a man who shall make the change happen. The
scenario of an old insider prelate who could improve the things from inside without much attention, has already been played and failed. And thanks
God, pope Benedict resigned gracefully. We should thank him for that sublime gesture that very few in his place would have done. With that act now he
opens the road for the election of someone younger and with more strength, as he himself said.
I would not comment St Malachi. We live here and now. If the prophecy of Rome fulfills, it would be rather because of lack of change, lack of will to
change anything on part of those who have received that grace and obligation by God (in this case the cardinal-electors). May God help them find the
right man for the right time! The way their predecessors found the unknown for the world Karol Józef Wojtyła in the not so distant 1978, to change
the world and to avoid the nuclear holocaust. Today we are before other holocausts of economic and social matter, and the nuclear is not ruled out
either. The Church and the world need change! Please church princes, let it happen NOW! Tomorrow will be too late if you do not hear the voice of the
millions whom you should have served more fervently. At least gave the millions a way out by choosing someone who will make it instead of you