February 12, 2013

Can El Cardenal Claim Papacy?

Tom Heneghan, Reuters

With Pope Benedict's stunning announcement that he will resign later this month, the time may be coming for the Roman Catholic Church to elect its first non-European leader and it could be a Latin American.

The region already represents 42 percent of the world's 1.2 billion-strong Catholic population, the largest single block in the Church, compared to 25 percent in its European heartland.

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TAGGED: Catholic Church, Vatican, Latin America

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