Will the Vatican Welcome an African Pope?

Speculation grows over who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI after his shock resignation and whether an African will be tipped for the post.

  • Nigeria:  150 Cardinals Converge On Vatican

    Vanguard, 4 March 2013

    Talks by Catholic cardinals to choose a successor to Pope Benedict began, Monday, at the Vatican but the choice of a date when they would shut themselves into the Sistine Chapel to ... read more »

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  • Africa:  Could the Next Pope Be African? (analysis)

    ThinkAfricaPress, 11 February 2013

    In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation, bookmakers and international media alike are heralding the prospect of Rome's first black African pontiff. read more »

  • Africa:  Final Public Messages of Pope Benedict Xvi

    Catholic Information Service for Africa, 1 March 2013

    On February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resignation became official, the Pope addressed Cardinals present at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Onaiyekan, Others Set to Pick New Pope

    Leadership, 12 February 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI took the world by surprise yesterday following the sudden announcement of his resignation which takes effect from February 28, 2013. This is the second time in ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Pope Benedict's Resignation - Read His Full Statement

    Vanguard, 11 February 2013

    Here is the official Vatican translation of Pope Benedict's statement on his resignation. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Pope Benedict Resigns Due to Ill Health

    Premium Times, 11 February 2013

    The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict the XVI, Monday, announced his resignation from office citing ill health. read more »

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