How the Church elects a new pope

How the Church elects a new pope
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP, 68, Archbishop of Vienna
22 February 2013, 9:00

A theologian of the Dominican tradition who studied in Paris and Germany. He is urbane and polyglot. When he became a young cardinal in 1998, he was considered one of the brightest among the conservatives in the college, but that was when there existed some notable moderate-to-progressives who were still of voting age. Protests from reform-minded Catholics in Austria are now testing the veteran's metal. His closeness to Pope Benedict may be an advantage though the cardinals may not want to elect two German-speaking popes in a row.

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