Odilo Scherer http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/36083/all en Odilo Scherer: Brazil's top papal contender http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/odilo-scherer-brazils-top-papal-contender <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As the Vatican prepares to elect a new pope, eyes have focused on Sao Paulo archbishop Odilo Scherer, a moderate conservative tipped as Latin America's top contender.</p> <p>Next month, the world's 117 "cardinal electors" are to meet in secret in the Sistine Chapel in Rome to elect a successor to Benedict XVI, who is to step down February 28 due to old age.</p> <p>Since his 2007 papal appointment, Scherer, 63, has led the largest archdiocese -- six million Catholics -- in the world's largest Catholic country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/odilo-scherer-brazils-top-papal-contender" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Odilo Scherer Odilo Scherer Religion Roman Curia Scherer Technology AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:16:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767972 at http://www.globalpost.com