The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

February 13, 2013

12 potential candidates for the next pope

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

Below are papal succession candidates listed by region, along with the region's percentage of the world's Catholic population:

EUROPE (24 percent of world's Catholic population)

  • Angelo Scola, 71, Italy

    Scola is the archbishop of Milan and is considered one of the favorites to succeed Pope Benedict. He founded the Oasis International Foundation, whose goal is to promote understanding between Christians and Muslims.

     
  • Gianfranco Ravasi, 70, Italy

    Ravasi serves as the president of the Vatican's council for culture and became a cardinal in 2011.

     
  • Christoph Schoenborn, 67, Austria

    Schoenborn is the archbishop of Vienna. In 2012, he overruled one of his priests and allowed a gay Catholic to serve on a parish council.

     
  • Peter Erdo, 61, Hungary

    Erdo is the archbishop of Budapest and heads the Conference of Bishops for Europe.

     
  • Angelo Bagnasco, 70, Italy

    Bagnasco is the archbishop of Genoa. He became a target of threats from gay-rights activists after he condemned same-sex unions in 2007.

LATIN AMERICA (41 percent of world's Catholic population)

  • Joao Braz de Aviz, 65, Brazil

    Braz de Aviz heads the Vatican's department for religious congregations. He became a cardinal in 2012.

     
  • Leonardo Sandri, 69, Argentina

    Sandri was the chief of staff at the Vatican for seven years until 2007. He currently heads the Vatican's department for eastern churches.

     
  • Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63, Brazil

    Scherer is the archbishop of Sao Paolo, Brazil, the largest diocese in the largest Catholic country. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2007.

NORTH AMERICA (7 percent of world's Catholic population)

  • Marc Ouellet, 68, Canada

    Ouellet is the head of the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican. In 2011, he was quoted as saying that becoming a pope "would be a nightmare."

Text Only
Top News
  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iowa man accused of torturing, killing bald eagle

    An Iowa man has been charged with torturing and killing a bald eagle.

    A federal grand jury in Des Moines returned an indictment Wednesday against Jason John Thomas.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 24, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

    CLINTON -- With more than 21 titles and 800 copies to give away, what reader wouldn't adore an event like World Book Night? Organizers at the Clinton Public Library wondered the same Wednesday, and were pleased with turnout for the third annual event

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

    April 23, 2014

AP Video