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Latin America would like a Latin pope, odds slim

February 11, 2013 • World News


FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz is congratulated by a faithful prior to a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican a day after installing 22 of them as cardinals. After the resign of Pope Benedict XVI, announced on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, Cardinal Braz de Aviz allegedly is among the contenders to be the pope’s successor. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, file)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Latin America is home to the world’s largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday.

The predominance of Europeans on the College of Cardinals means that the odds are stacked against a Latin American pope, even though the names of a number of high-ranking churchmen from the region have been bandied about, analysts said. The 118-member college, with 62 European members and only 19 from Latin America, will elect a successor for Pope Benedict VXI, Login to read more

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