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A who’s who of contenders for the papacy

Updated: March 13, 2013 6:25AM

A few possible contenders for the papacy:

♦ Cardinal Peter Turkson (Ghana) — Turkson, 64, is a leading African candidate. He heads the Vatican justice and peace council, a position he was appointed to by Pope Benedict XVI.

♦ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Manila, Philippines) — Tagle, 55, is the youngest of the group of possible successors and just became a cardinal in 2012. Tagle is close with Pope Benedict XVI through his work on the International Theological Commission.

♦ Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz (Brazil) — Bráz de Aviz, 65, is an advocate for the poor and powerless in South America. He also became a cardinal less than a year ago.

♦ Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Canada) — Ouellet, 68, serves in a position comparable to the Vatican’s chief of staff. He previously served as archbishop of Quebec and has done missionary work in South America.

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