What it takes to become pope:
As the media face for millions of Catholics, the next pope will need a good public presence.
In theory, any practicing Roman Catholic man can be the pope. In reality, the pope has for centuries been chosen from within the Sacred College of Cardinals.
But little is known beyond speculation about who will be the next pope.
There are candidates that are discussed but the cardinals do not address the issue seriously until the pope dies,
Possible candidates include:
1. Cardinal Francis Arinze 72,The son of a Nigerian tribal chief,
2. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio 68, A Jesuit and the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina Bergoglio.
3. Cardinal Godfried Danneels 71, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, Danneels,
4. Cardinal Ivan Dias 68,The archbishop of Mumbai, Dias,
5. Cardinal Claudio Hummes, 70, is the archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
6. Cardinal Walter Kasper, 71,a diocesan bishop in Rottenburg-Stuttgart ,German
7. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger 77,Once the archbishop of Munich.
8. Cardinal Norberto Rivera
Carrera 62,served as archbishop of Mexico,
9. Cardinal Camillo Ruini 73,Italian candidate,vicar general of the Rome diocese and president of the Italian bishops'
10. Cardinal Christoph Schnborn 60, An Austrian and one of the youngest cardinals.
11. Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi 70, The archbishop of Milan,Italian
Three factors will be important in the selection of the next pope,
1) Age,The cardinals clearly won't choose a young man,they will look for someone between 65 and 72 years of age.
2) Second, the next pope must speak a number of languages. English, which has become the world language, is a must, as is Italian, since the pope is also the bishop of Rome.
3) Third, he's got to have a public presence.He can't be a media disaster, because so much of the media will be focused on him,and
Never a Jesuit pope.
Also, there has never been a Jesuit pope. Indeed,
the word "Jesuit" has at times been used as a pejorative suggesting a scheming politico and reflects a long-standing distrust of the church's most intellectual and freethinking of orders.