Cardinals from around the world gathered in Vatican City on Tuesday to kick off the process of selecting a new pope.
Which means an election is underway. And we don’t have to remind you how interested The Fix is in elections!
So where do most of the cardinal electors who choose the pope come from? More than half come from Europe, even though the continent only accounts for 24 percent of the world’s Catholic population, as the following map from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows:
This isn’t surprising, considering the chuch’s geographic centralization of power in the Vatican. What’s more, a non-European pope has
never been hasn’t been elected in centuries, and Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in centuries.