Angelo Cardinal Scola is seen as Italy's best chance at reclaiming the papacy. To read more, click here.
Odilo Pedro Scherer is known for prolific tweeting, appearances on Brazil's most popular late-night talk show and squeezing into the subway for morning commutes. To read more, click here.
Canada's Mark Cardinal Ouellet once said that being pope "would be a nightmare." To read more, click here.
Peter Cardinal Erdo is the son of a deeply religious couple who defied communist repression in Hungary to practice their faith. To read more, click here.
Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister, is an erudite scholar with a modern touch . To read more, click here.
Peter Cardinal Turkson, often cast as the social conscience of the church, Ghana's Turkson is viewed by many as the top African contender for pope. To read more, click here.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the 63-year-old archbishop of New York, is an upbeat, affable defender of Catholic orthodoxy. He holds a job Pope John Paul II once called "archbishop of the capital of the world." To read more, click here.
Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests. To read more, click here.
Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, 69, is a Vatican insider who has run the day-to-day operations of the global church's vast bureaucracy and roamed the world as a papal diplomat. To read more, click here.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Asia's most prominent Roman Catholic, sings on stage, preaches on TV, brings churchgoers to laughter and tears with his homilies. And he's on Facebook. To read more, click here.
Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn is a soft-spoken conservative who is ready to listen to those espousing reform. To read more, click here.
Benedict XVI picked the Sri Lankan Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith to oversee the church's liturgy and rites in one of his first appointments as pope. The choice of Ranjith rewarded a strong voice of tradition — so rigid that some critics regard it even as backward-looking. To read more, click here.
To many, Andres Rodriguez Cardinal Maradiaga embodies the activist wing of the Roman Catholic Church as an outspoken campaigner of human rights, a watchdog on climate change and advocate of international debt relief for poor nations. Others see him as ... Click here to read more.
At 70 years old, Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco is seen as in the right age bracket for papal consideration. But his lack of international experience and exposure could be a major liability. To read more, click here.
As archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley has faced the fallout from the church's abuse scandals for nearly a decade. O'Malley is among the most Internet-savvy members of the conclave. To read more, click here.