Religion: Papal Slate

Pope John Paul II passed a major milestone last week by naming 25 new Cardinals and placing his personal stamp on the body that will one day name his successor. The present Pope's appointees now constitute a 64% majority of the 121 Cardinals currently eligible to vote, and the latest batch, representing 18 countries, continues John Paul's internationalizing trend. Three years ago the traditionally dominant Europeans were reduced to less than half the voting Cardinals (those under age 80). This time the balance of power has shifted farther from the West. The twelve North American electors, for example, are equaled in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!