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Topic - Pope John Paul Ii
Several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders to be the next pope.
As the Roman Catholic Church’s cardinals prepare to choose Benedict XVI’s successor as pope, two have emerged as favorites — Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paolo, Brazil — according to Italian media.
Despite lacking the public charisma of his predecessor, Pope Benedict in just eight years was able to carve out his own legacy, in significant part by continuing John Paul's work in different ways.
Pope Benedict XVI's sudden decision to step down Feb. 28 because of health concerns reverberated around the globe. The eyes of the world surely will be focused on the impending meeting of the conclave and the election of a new pope.
Pope Benedict's resignation has shocked the world. Who knew that a "conservative" 85-year old could surprise us?