The Italian independent newspaper La Verita’s Lorenzo Bertocchi’s recent article adds to the list of those thinking that Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő is on the shortlist of those who could succeed Pope Francis at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his article the Italian author claims that after the recent funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, tensions are palpable in the Vatican as cardinals are increasingly often being questioned about the possibility of a new Pope.
Behind the Vatican’s back-doors rumors are spreading about a possible end of Pope Francis’ term, and in this context several names have surfaced in terms of the succession.
African Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is of Guinean origin and is presently Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, is one of the names circulated, but he might not have the right number of votes among cardinals to succeed. Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has already collected votes during the 2013 conclave, is another possible successor to Pope Francis. Being 78 though, he is considered to be too old by some to succeed the current pope.
Yet Bertocchi thinks that the most interesting name among possible candidates is that of the 70 years old Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, who is seen as a reliable person in the Vatican and in stature he “stands sufficiently above the rest”.
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