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Conclave Meets: The Cardinals Who Would Be Pope

By Flavia Krause Jackson - 2013-03-12T08:58:32Z

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Francis Arinze (Nigeria)

Born: Nov. 1, 1932Arinze would be the first black pope and the first African pope for more than 1,500 years -- the last was Gelasius I, who reigned at the end of the fifth century and was from North Africa of Berber origin. A social and theological conservative, Arinze’s views on celibacy, women priests, homosexuality and contraception are considered close to those of Benedict XVI.
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