View Full Version : Could the next pope be an African?

Feb 27th, 2005, 08:06 AM
It seems like an African cardinal is the second favourite in the running.
And considering the expansion of the catholic church in Africa is huge, even the biggest on earth, we might have the first African pope in history, if i'm correct!

Feb 27th, 2005, 09:49 AM

Feb 27th, 2005, 10:56 AM
Actually, I think that would be perfect.

Feb 27th, 2005, 02:43 PM
it would never happen

Feb 27th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Depends on which way the smoke wafts.

Feb 27th, 2005, 03:22 PM
if memory serves me right (I was very little at the time :p ), I remember watching a report on TV about Nostradamus's prophecies on the papacy... it was said that he predicted that, after John Paul II long term, an African Pope would be elected... problem is that, after a few years, this Pope would have been assassinated and III World War would ensue...:eek:

Feb 27th, 2005, 05:27 PM
I don't think we will ever see that because John Paul II will outlive us all. :p

Feb 27th, 2005, 05:48 PM
In theory, yes. In practice, we will see. I don't see why not, everyone that enters the Conclave (below 80 years) can be elected, and campaigning is not allowed ;). However, in principle most of the Europeans would likely be opposed to electing a pope from America or from Africa, I would think, since that would take power away from their hands. A significant proportion of the College of Cardinals that will take part in the Conclave are Europeans, I think they will probably prefer someone from Europe...

Feb 27th, 2005, 06:08 PM
Not likely

Andy Mac
Feb 27th, 2005, 07:12 PM
you mean the pope we have now is a goner?:p

Scobby- Doo
Feb 27th, 2005, 07:20 PM
I'm pretty sure it's gonna happen. There are a lot predictions about this and my mum says so so I think that yes.

Andy Mac
Feb 27th, 2005, 07:26 PM
:haha: your mom says so eh?:p

Feb 28th, 2005, 10:28 AM
More of an impossibility than a possibilty, imo.
The power base isn't set up or even prepared for such a situation.
In fact, I'd honestly be surprised if they even considered it. :shrug: