A look at possible papal contenders
February 28th, 2013
04:22 PM ET

A look at possible papal contenders

(CNN) - Technically, any adult Catholic male can be elected to the papacy, but the last pope not chosen from the College of Cardinals was Urban VI in 1379. The cardinals who seem to be front-runners to replace the current pope are referred to as "papabile," or translated from the Italian, "pope-able."

Our interactive offers a list of some cardinals considered "papabile," according to John Allen, CNN analyst and correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

See the possible contenders
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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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  4. ronvan

    "TRAPPED"! Like a cat in a box that cannot get out! Just what do you expcet the next pope to accomplish? Will he come clean on all the scandals involving the RCC? Will he punish, defrock, those found to have committed crimes – sin? Will he change or adapt traditions or teachings to bring them "up to date" with modern times? I thnk not!! To do so would only show that the "leaders" of the RCC are only HUMAN after all!

    March 3, 2013 at 5:55 am |
  5. ronvan

    "TRAPPED"! Like a cat in a box that cannot get out! Just what do you expcet the next pope to accomplish? Will he come clean on all the scandals involving the RCC?

    March 3, 2013 at 5:50 am |
  6. AI101

    According to CorporateMal.com the new Pope already has a scandal awaiting him, and it's a Dot fraud! Crazy that people are paying hundreds for a piece of candy.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

    The Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  8. AvdBerg

    Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  9. AvdBerg

    Spiritual Truth

    The following is according to the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him (John 14:17).

    For a better understanding of the future of the Catholic Church and of the abuse in the church we invite you to read the latest entry 'Cover-Up by L.A. church leaders' on the Current Events page of the website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    We also encourage you to read the articles 'The Decline and Fall of a Divided Nation' and 'Files show how L.A. church leaders controlled damage' listed on the website.

    The church hierarchy refers to the Pope as 'Holy Father', while the Word of God teaches us to call no man your (spiritual) father upon the earth (Matthew 23:9). The Pope was never appointed or ordained by God but rather by men and a quick study of the Papal Office will confirm that it is not 'Holy' at all.

    For a better understanding of the history of the Papacy and the spirit the Pope serves, we invite you to read the article 'Papal Infallibility, Contradictions and Spiritual Blindness', listed on our website.

    The following is an excerpt from the article.

    "All of the ceremonies and celebrations of the Catholic Church, including the Mass, Baptism and all of its doctrines and dogmas are an abomination in God's eyes and stand in opposition to the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:24-26). For a better understanding of the history of the Church we invite you to read the articles 'The Mystery Babylon' and 'Popes and the Princes of This World'.

    The dogma of Papal Infallibility, which states that the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error, is a claim that he has bestowed upon himself while he does not know what spirit he is of (Luke 9:55), as he continues to err in the scriptures (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24; 1 John 4:6)."

    We also invite you to read the second item (Scarlet and Purple Colour) on the Recent Revelations Page. It simply and clearly explains the deceptions that for centuries have been hidden and have now been revealed, confirming what is written in Matthew 10:26 that there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

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  10. Rational Thought

    Religion is surprisingly persistent. Rational thought and reasoning demonstrates how misguided it is.
    1) The universe is 14 BILLION years old, the earth is 4 BILLION years old, life on earth is 1 BILLION years old, sophisticated life on earth is 500 MILLION years old, anatomically modern man is 100 THOUSAND years old. What took God so long to create man given most religions present a human-centric universe?
    2) Traveling at the speed of light, it would take ~93 BILLION years to cross the universe. There are over 100 BILLION stars (like our sun) in the Milky Way galaxy, itself among 100s of BILLIONS of galaxies. So why build such a massive container if humans and earth are the apex/focus?
    3) Why are you the religion you are? Did you sample all of the earth's various religions or were just fortunate to be born into the "right" religion and the rest of the world is just unlucky?
    4) If God were omnipotent then why was Hitler able to kill 50 MILLION people indirectly and directly murder 8+ MILLION? Wouldn't an all powerful almighty being strike down someone so evil, who was in power for so long (12 years)?
    5) Why did various religions start to appear at the same time ~10,000 years ago when agriculture allowed specialization of labor and for people to ponder creation as well as art and science?
    There's only one rational conclusion - man created God not the other way around.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • aperti oculis

      You are right!

      God created Man and man created gods.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • 6666666666666

      Ditch Adam and Eve the fake origin story.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  11. Saraswati

    Side note on Brazil comment on Odilo Pedro Scherer bio: Brazil is not a "Catholic country"; it is a secular country with a predominantly (~65%) Catholic population. Only a handful of small countries are officially Catholic.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:41 am |
    • Akira

      It is the same with the US: a secular country that has 80% of its population claiming to be Christian.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 1, 2013 at 6:56 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!:`

      March 1, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  13. 6666666666666

    To New Pope

    Ditch Adam and Eve (the fake origin story)

    March 1, 2013 at 6:51 am |
    • chrissy hitchens

      The pope dates back to God you date back to two monkeys on a date, anyone could see that.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • 6666666666666

      Monkeys work at the Vatican too

      March 1, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • End Religion

      Humans date back further than your man-made pathetic, silly, impotent, extra-goofy, worthless, turd-smelling, weakling god. Oh and he's dumb too. With remarkably bad breath. And bucktoothed.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:39 am |
    • Saraswati

      I wonder what percent of Catholics realize the church still supports the Adam and Eve story? Since most Catholics believe in evolution, and evolution isn't opposed by the church in itself, it would probably be hard for many to understand this odd position...not that there's much pressure among Catholics to believe everything the church says.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • 6666666666666

      Talking snake in the ditch = No devil (evil)

      March 1, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Susan StoHelit

      You're wrong on a point here. The church does support evolution. Both of the two last popes have made statements declaring so, it is taught in Catholic schools – while there's plenty wrong, this one thing they do get right.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  14. Major Breaking Announcement: Pope Has Been Selected

    I have it on very good authority that the new Pope has already been chosen, and it's . . . it's . . . Bippy, the Super-Dooper Squirrel-Ayatola of Rock and Rolla, the World's Most Dangerous Rodent, the Grim Peeper, the Acorn Kid, the Vandal who Took the Handle.

    And now, a message from Pope Bippius Sciurida I: "Squirrels are better than Ratz any day."

    February 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      ^ Amen. Alleluia. Praise the Lard.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      "Habemus papam".

      March 1, 2013 at 2:09 am |

      No "Habemus poopam".

      March 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
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