VATICAN CITY — If the cardinal electors were to choose a pope from the developing world, one of the strongest candidates is Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer.
As archbishop of São Paolo, one of the most complex and challenging dioceses in the world, with more than 20 million souls, Cardinal Scherer appears, on paper at least, to have all the main qualities needed to be the next pope.
Faithful to tradition but pragmatic, Cardinal Scherer is robustly pro-life, reputed to be a firm decision-maker, and, as a Brazilian with German ancestry, he bridges the gap between Europe and the developing world. At 63, many believe he is the ideal age to become pope.
Born on Sept. 21, 1949 — the...READ MORE