Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 64, from Ghana
80, from Nigeria
Odilo Scherer, 63, a Brazilian of German descent, is archbishop of the Sao Paolo.
Joao Braz de Aviz, 65, a Brazilian, archbishop.
Marc Ouellet,68, of Canada.
Luis Tagle, 55, Cardinal born in Philippines
Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign has sparked an interest in the possibility that a non-European candidate could be chosen as the next pope. Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, are continents with some qualified candidates. Some contenders believed by papal watchers as possible successors to Benedict include: