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Brazil's Cardinal Odilo Scherer is being proposed as a candidate to be next Pope by some Italian cardinals from the Roman Curia, including Sodano and Re, but they also want an Italian as Secretary of State
Originally posted by FlyersFan
NO ONE knows what is going on with the Cardinals.
Anything being discussed like this is pure speculation.
No one has inside information. No one.
Originally posted by Grumble
Why are the greatest centers of religious belief also the greatest centers of ignorance (Catholic, Islam, whatever)? Why are the most educated regions of the world rejecting religion?
Non-European pope could pair up with Vatican official 'in presidential-style ticket'
Cardinals gathering Rome are reportedly considering electing the first ever non-European pope, who could pair up with a Vatican official as his secretary of a state, in a scenario likened to a presidential ticket.
Marco Tosatti, a Vatican expert, said that Brazil's Odilo Scherer, 63, the archbishop of Sao Paulo, was now being supported by two key Vatican officials, former secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone, who is taking on the role of Chamberlain during the conclave, and Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, who is overseeing the pre-conclave meetings. "Scherer is a great preacher, has a beautiful baritone voice, speaks Italian and worked in Rome at the congregation of bishops for eight years," said Mr Tosatti. Although conclave rules would forbid the next pope agreeing in advance to a candidate to work at his side, Mr Tosatti said that Argentine Leonardo Sandri, who has years of experience inside the Vatican and "could be suggested by Sodano as a secretary of state."