The College of Cardinals is meeting at the Vatican to select the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Here’s a look at some of the possible candidates.
Timothy Dolan, 63, is the archbishop of New York. In 2012, Time magazine named Dolan one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Sean P. O’Malley, 68, is the archbishop of Boston. He is fluent in Spanish and is said to be closely connected with the Latino community, one of the reasons some Latin American Catholics hope he will be picked.
Angelo Scola, 71, the archbishop of Milan, is considered one of the favorites to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Scola founded the Oasis International Foundation, whose goal is to promote understanding between Christians and Muslims.
Marc Ouellet, 68, is a Canadian cardinal and heads of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, which oversees the selection of new bishops. In 2011, Ouellet was quoted as saying that becoming pope “would be a nightmare.”
Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63, is the archbishop of Sao Paolo, Brazil. It is the world’s largest diocese, and Brazil has more Catholics than any other country. He joined the College of Cardinals in 2007.
Luis Tagle is the archbishop of Manila. At 55, he is one of the youngest members of the college of cardinals and is known for his charismatic nature.
Malcolm Ranjith, 65, is the archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is the second Sri Lankan cardinal in history and was brought to the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI to oversee the church’s ritual and rites of worship.
Peter Turkson, 64, a Ghanian cardinal, is the head of Vatican’s Justice and Peace council. Last year, he caused an uproar at the Vatican by screening a YouTube video that made predictions about the growth of Islam in Europe.
Peter Erdo, 60, is the archbishop of Budapest and heads the Conference of Bishops for Europe.
Christoph Schoenborn, 68, is the archbishop of Vienna. In 2012, he overruled one of his priests and allowed a gay Catholic to serve on a parish council.
Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 70, is the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Known for his charisma, Maradiaga has been called “Rock-and-Roll” cardinal because of his love for music and motorbikes.