While the Italian press continues to promote an Italian for Pope, focusing on Cardinal Angelo Scola, the lists of the “papabili” are becoming as numerous as there are Vatican experts.

Therefore, some numbers can be helpful in seeing who will actually be voting in the conclave that begins Tuesday evening.

Cardinal electors: 115 (tied with the last conclave for the largest number of voting cardinals ever)


Europeans: 60 (out of which, there are 28 Italians, by far the largest national group)
Non Europeans: 55 (out of which, there are 11 from the US, the second largest national group)

Pastoral background:
Territorial bishops: 78
Curia members: 37

Created Cardinals:
By Pope John Paul: 48
By Pope Benedict: 67

Members of religious orders: 18 (the Salesians, with 4 cardinals, are the most represented religious congregation)
Diocesan: 97 (including one member of Opus Dei)

Cardinals who have been mentioned as “papabili” more than once by the international press (in alphabetical order):
Jorge Bergoglio (Argentina)
Timothy Dolan (USA)
Peter Erdo (Hungary)
Sean O’Malley (USA)
Marc Oullet (Canada – Roman Curia)
Gian Franco Ravasi (Italy – Roman Curia)
Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras)
Leonardo Sandri (Argentina – Roman Curia)
Odilio Scherer (Brazil)
Angelo Scola (Italy)
Luis Antonio Tagle (Philippines)
Peter Turkson (Ghana – Roman Curia)
André Vingt-Trois (France)