Some of the names garnering buzz in Rome these days as possibilities to become the next pope ? known as "papabili" ? include Cardinals Angelo Scola, Angelo Bagnasco, and Gianfranco Ravasi of Italy, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Hungary, Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri of Argentina, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Austria, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, Cardinal Luis Tagle of the Philippines, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana and Dolan.
There is an old saying in Rome that he who enters conclave as a pope exits as a cardinal. For the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the choice that will be made in the Sistine Chapel next month could not be any more important ? it may determine the future of their faith for the coming decades. Until white smoke shoots out over St. Peter's Square, the world will be watching.