Pope Benedict XVI, 85, disclosed on Monday, February 11, 2013 that he will resign on February 28, 2013 due to health condition. According to the German-born Pope, he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated and he will not be able to fulfill the duties entrusted to him anymore.
Now, the post, which was once reserved for Italians, is open to all. It could be the first time for the Roman Catholic Church to elect its first non-European leader at the next conclave, possibly this March, in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
Nonetheless, frontrunners for now are Odilo Scherer, archbishop of Sao Paolo, Italian-Argentine Leonardo Sandri, Peter Turkson from Ghana,of Milan, Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Brazil's Joao Braz de Aviz, USA's Timothy Dolan, Canada's Marc Ouellet, Italy's Gianfranco Ravasi, Argentina's Leonardo Sandri, and Philippines' Luis Tagle.
Cardinal Tagle is the youngest "papabili" (potential popes). He became cardinal in 2012 and he is widely known for his charismatic nature, which is often compared to that of the late Pope John Paul II. America’s Dolan is the tenth and current Archbishop of New York. He is widely known for his conservative values and charismatic media personality.