John Allen in Rome: A canon lawyer by training, Cardinal Péter Erdõ has been on the ecclesiastical fast track his entire career.
John Allen: Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil has proof he’s capable of making decisions stick, perhaps suggesting he’s tough enough to lead.
John Allen in Rome: There's a lot to like about the man touted as the "Great Asian Hope" to take over the papacy.
John Allen in Rome: If picking a pope were like hiring for a job, Leonardo Sandri's résumé would earn him an interview.
John Allen: In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Bishop Charles Scicluna said Cardinal Roger Mahony made mistakes and will have to decide if he will vote in the conclave.
John Allen in Rome: Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has the brains, the languages and the life experience to be pope.
John Allen in Rome: Cardinal Roger Mahony has become a symbol of the church's failures on the sexual abuse scandals, and his participation in the papal election is stirring controversy.
John Allen in Rome: Today, meet Cardinal Peter Turkson, who figures prominently on the short list of possible African candidates for pope.
John Allen in Rome: For the first time, an American pope seems thinkable, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley has gotten surprising buzz.
John Allen in Rome: One of the men most talked about as the next potential pope is Cardinal Angelo Scola, but does he have what it takes?