What The New Job Specs Are

Observing John Paul II's funeral, his Cardinals realized again how much his legacy will influence who becomes his successor. Here are the attributes and issues likely to loom largest in the conclave's deliberations

Star Quality

"You can reach the whole world by television," Belgian CARDINAL GODFRIED DANNEELS told Time shortly before the death of the Pope. "You can be very close to everyone, individually." That observation is notable less for its shopworn truth than for the fact that Danneels, a blunt-spoken former liturgy professor on some short lists to be the next Pope, has essentially conceded the degree to which John Paul II's personal magnetism and its electronic deployment have made photo-ready charisma a nearly essential element of the papal job description.

"John Paul was lucky because the bar was set very low," says...

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