In the history of the Vatican already had three pontiff, who came from Africa
While the Vatican, Italy, and the whole Catholic world was shaken by the news of the intention of the present Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate leave February 28, bookmakers started making animated rating of his possible successors. According to forecasts, the sacred title is likely to take black Tarkson Cardinal Peter, a native of Ghana. As noted by The Guardian, if elected, he would not be the first people of African descent in office of the Pope.
The first African to become vicar of St. Peter, was Victor I, who translated the liturgy in Rome from Greek into Latin. He was born in the Roman city of Leptis Magna (now - the territory of Libya), but it was not dark-skinned. Second Dad - African Miltiades was elected in the year 311, after the Roman Emperor Gallery edict to stop the persecution of Christians. The last African-pope was Gelasius, who supposedly came from a Berber tribe. Despite its origins, all popes were whites.
As for the current candidate , Peter Appiah Kodvo Tarkson born in 1948, ordained a priest in 1975. In 2003, he was awarded the honor of being the first member of the African nation of Ghana in the red cassock Cardinal - in this rank it elevated Pope John Paul II. Now Cardinal Tarkson is among the so-called Papabiley - the Cardinals, who have the highest chance of being on the papal throne. The British press has described him as "one of the most energetic leaders of the church in Africa."
Recall that it was one of the main candidates in the conclave and after the death of John Paul II in 2005, but then the Council of Cardinals chose Benedict. Despite this, the cardinal Tarkson not abandoned the religious career ambitions. Since October 2009, he is chairman of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, performs with radical proposals to change the world economy. In addition, Tarkson known for his sympathy for activists protest Occupy Wall Street. In 2009, Cardinal Tarkson memorable international community his remarks that condoms do not save Africa from HIV infection because of the continent they do not meet quality standards.
Cardinal Tarkson, like its predecessors, it can call itself a polyglot, he spoke in English, the Fante, French, Italian, German, and Hebrew, understands Latin and Greek. Their hopes on the papal throne, he does not hide for a long time: "If God had wanted to see a black pope - thanks to him" - he said once. It is likely, that his desire fulfilled.
Other candidates named bookmakerand Ladbrokes, - Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and Cardinal Francis Arinze, a former adviser to John Paul II, who, because of age can not participate in the conclave, but is likely to papabilem .
Anyway, holding conclave is scheduled for March 2013 - after Benedict XVI officially deny the Holy See.