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The Next Pope: For Whom Will the White Smoke Rise?

By Flavia Krause-Jackson - 2013-02-12T16:14:56Z

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Peter Turkson (Ghana)

Born: Oct. 11, 1948Turkson, who studied theology in New York, is younger than Arinze and was called “one of Africa’s most energetic church leaders” by The Tablet, an influential British Catholic magazine, and in 2009 said that “if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God.” He has engaged with contemporary issues, including the global economic crisis by calling for more oversight of financial institutions and he has denounced the “idolatry of the market.”