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Americas Pope Benedict XVI retires: Will the next pope come from the 'global south?'

Latin America is home to 40 percent of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics, but there has never been a non-European pope in the modern era.

By Sara Miller LlanaStaff Writer / February 11, 2013

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With the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of this month, many in the so-called global south are hopeful that a new pope might finally hail from Asia, Africa, or Latin America.