What's next for the Catholic church?

The surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning sets the stage for the Vatican to elect a new pope by mid-March, and opens up the possibility that the papacy could be filled by a non-European for the first time in the modern era. Read related article.

Papal succession candidates from: Europe

Latin America

North America

Africa

Asia

SOURCE: World Christian Database, Topsy, staff reports. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Kat Downs, Anup Kaphle, T.J. Ortenzi and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Feb. 11, 2013.

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