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Vol 44 No 21

Published 24th October 2003

Conclave expectations

The chances that the next Pope could be an African may have been overplayed by some of the international media but, in the view of some close Vatican-watchers, the continent's obvious front-runner, Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, might yet emerge as a compromise candidate, especially in the event of deadlock in choosing a successor to the ageing John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla).

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