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Brazil Reacts as Benedict XVI Resigns

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation shocked the Catholic world this week, and almost immediately speculation started over who would be his successor. Given Brazil is home to the largest population of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Catholics, many are asking whether the new Pope could be from Brazil or Latin America. 

Five of Brazil's nine members of the College of Cardinals are eligible to take part in the conclave. Two of them, Archbishop of São Paulo Odilo Scherer and Archbishop of Brasília . . .

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