Who Will Be First Among Us?

One day, John Paul lunched at the Vatican with a bishop from Senegal. "In Africa," the bishop said, "people are talking a lot about your succession. After you, they say there will be a black Pope." John Paul said, "You seem very well informed." To which the bishop replied, "Yes, I read it in Nostradamus!" The Pope laughed.

As John Paul approaches the twilight of his papacy, the question arises -- who will be the next Pope? For more than 450 years before Karol Wojtyla's elevation, the papacy was held by Italians. And when the present Polish experiment is over, some...

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