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Michael D'Antonio / Why an Irishman should be chosen as the next pope

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:01 am

London bookmakers placing odds on who will be the new pope see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.

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