Vatican Guessing Game

Since Pope John Paul II fell and injured his shoulder last month, the inevitable speculation has begun about possible successors to the 73-year-old Pontiff. If the election were held this week, 105 Cardinals under age 80 would be eligible to vote for and serve as the next Pope. Among the most mentioned:

-- CARLO MARIA MARTINI, 66, Italy

Pluses: As Archbishop of Milan, he heads Europe's largest diocese. An intellectual heavyweight.

Minuses: May be too liberal. Would be the first Jesuit Pope.

-- ANGELO SODANO, 66, Italy

Pluses: Vatican Secretary of State, nominally the No. 2 spot.

Minuses: Lacks Martini's high...

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