Pharos-Tribune

February 13, 2013

12 potential candidates for the next pope


The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning set the stage for the Vatican to elect a new pope by mid-March, and opened up the possibility that the papacy could be filled by a non-European for the first time in the modern era.

Below are papal succession candidates listed by region, along with the region's percentage of the world's Catholic population:

EUROPE (24 percent of world's Catholic population)

LATIN AMERICA (41 percent of world's Catholic population)

NORTH AMERICA (7 percent of world's Catholic population)

AFRICA (15 percent of world's Catholic population)

ASIA (12 percent of world's Catholic population)