VATICAN CITY – One of Africa's brightest hopes to be the next pope, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, says the time is right for a pontiff from the developing world.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Turkson said the "young churches" of Africa and Asia have now become solid enough that they have produced "mature clergymen and prelates that are capable of exercising leadership also of this world institution."
Turkson said the Third World doesn't need a pope of its own to thrive. It's done just fine growing exponentially with European pontiffs. But, he said, a pope from the global south, where half of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics live, would "go a long way to strengthen them in their resolve."