-COMBO PHOTO- Combination photo shows nine of the cardinals considered possible candidates to succee.....
-COMBO PHOTO- Combination photo shows nine of the cardinals considered possible candidates to succeed Pope John Paul II as the head of the world's more than one billion Roman Catholics. The election will be held at a conclave opening on Monday.
Top row from left:
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, 72, leaves the Vatican at the end of the general congregation meeting in this April 12, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File
Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, 62, looks on in this April 2, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/File
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, 78, gestures at the end of a general congregation meeting in Vatican City in this April 14, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File
Middle row from left:
Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, 71, speaks during an interview at the Vatican in this October 16, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico/File
Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, 70, is seen during mass in Se Cathedral in downtown Sao Paulo in this April 1, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File
Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, 71, arrives for the general congregation meeting in the Vatican in this April 12, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File
Bottom row from left:
Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, 76, walks past Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this April 13, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico/File
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, 60, attends mass at St Peter's Basilica in this April 12, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, 68, conducts mass at the City Cathedral in this April 4, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian/File