Transcript for Pope Benedict XIV Retires: Who's Next?
The pope's twitter account has a new message. Sede vacante. Vacant seat. Tonight, people wondering where the new pope will come from. And abc's david wright studied the images from this day for clues.... See More
The pope's twitter account has a new message. Sede vacante. Vacant seat. Tonight, people wondering where the new pope will come from. And abc's david wright studied the images from this day for clues. Reporter: Save these images. Because in all likelihood, one of them is the new pope. Maybe angelo bagnasco, the son of a baker. Or angelo scola, the son of a truck driver. Italians have the home court advantage. 1 out of every 6 votes in the conclave. Cardinal scola, bagnasco mentioned more and more. But these names are being floated right now without much conviction. Reporter: But vatican insider john thavis says benedict's historic departure has shaken things up. Quite honestly, it's an open conclave. Reporter: The americans don't really expect to win. Europe has more votes in the conclave than africa, asia, latin america and north america put together. A canadian could be a compromise that gives a nod to the new world. Marc ouellet grew up in a tiny quebec village. He played ice hockey. Still does. Not that he'd be the first pope to do so. Cardinal maradiaga of honduras plays saxophone, and cardinal tagle of the philippines hosts a tv show. You say I am a king. Reporter: Peter turkson of ghana is african and may bring incremental change to the church's stance on condom use. Saying the days of the coverup are over. Change won't come overnight. But it will come, assure as tomorrow. David wright, abc news, rome.
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