Sunday, April 03, 2005

Who's next at the Vatican?

Pope John Paul II, who visited more countries than any other pope in history and is credited with helping to hasten the downfall of eastern European communism during his 26-year tenure, will be a tough act to follow. Someone has to do it, though, and Vatican observers have begun to speculate about potential successors.

If you'd like a list of papal contenders presented in an objective, straightforward manner, CNN has you covered. (Scroll down and click on "More potential successors.") And if you'd prefer a list offered with a little bit of attitude, Slate.com has what you need. The early favorite, though by no means a lock: Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan, Italy.

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