Search Man "open", "smart", "healthy", preferably not too old, speaking several languages: four French cardinals who will participate in the election of the successor Benedict XVI touches prepared by their portrait Pope's ideal.
It is a French, Jean-Louis Tauran, a member of the Roman Curia in charge of interreligious dialogue, which will have the task, as cardinal proto-deacon, to reveal to the world the name of the future pope.
Until he utters the famous "habemus Pope" from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the cardinals of Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux have insisted in separate press conferences on the necessary qualities for the future leader of the Catholic Church.
He must have "sufficiently open-minded to understand or at least try to get into different cultures," said the Archbishop of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois, February 11, just hours after the resignation of Benedict XVI.
It must be "humble, he will not get caught for God," he had joked. "You still have it be smart" and it is "not just a front," said Bishop was still Vingt-Trois, 70, president of the Bishops' Conference of France (CEF).
"Age is not a determining factor," said the prelate, citing John XXIII was elected pope at age 77 before deeply reform the Catholic Church by calling Vatican II. The criterion of nationality "is not the main" either, he added. "It seems to me the most important thing is the ability to listen."
"This overwhelming responsibility, I do not want anyone"
The next day, the archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, 62, wanted to turn a pope "able to listen to everyone." It will also be able to "stand in the storm, the contradictions, the conflict." In short, it must be "really strong."
"Succeeding in a" giant "will" not easy, "said the Primate of the Gauls, that" we will not have a very big guys like the two predecessors, but it does not matter. "
As to elect a pope African or Latin American? "Why not?" Said Cardinal Barbarin. "But I do not élirai a South American because he is South American. This is not the look that I want, but the person."
Returning to the essential, the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Jean-Pierre Ricard reiterated the need to choose a "spiritual man", "man of God", but also "an intellectual" worthy successor to the late theologian what Benedict XVI.
Stressing that the future pope will travel a lot, he wanted "a man relations", "who has knowledge of international situations" ideally "in several languages."
For the same reason, "we may avoid taking older ones," said Bishop Ricard, 68. "Youth is not enough, but at the same time you need a good physical health, at least at the start."
Without describing his ideal candidate, Archbishop Tauran, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Vatican hoped Cross in the weekend "a quick election show that the unity of the Church."
And want of courage to indirectly elected "this awesome responsibility, which will make this man a real prisoner, I do not want anyone, not even my best friend."