Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Benedict's brother says Italian pope 'a possibility'


Regensburg, February 12 - The elder brother of Pope
Benedict XVI said Tuesday he thought an Italian successor could
be elected once the outgoing pontiff steps down at the end of
the month.
"I think it's possible that we'll have an Italian pope,"
Georg Ratzinger told ANSA.
Bookies currently put the best odds on cardinals in Africa
and Latin America.
But they have named Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola as the
European favourite to succeed Benedict, followed by Vatican
Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and Cardinal Angelo
Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian
Bishops' Conference.
Ratzinger, a priest in Regensburg, said he believed an
African pope was a possibility "further down the road".
"I don't think it will happen now, in this moment," he
He added that conspiracy theories surrounding his brother's
resignation - the first of a pope in six centuries - were
Benedict on Monday shocked the world when he announced he
would step down on February 28 citing declining health and
advancing age.

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