Born to German immigrant parents in the Brazilian city of San Francisco, Cerro Largo, Scherer, 63, is the youngest of the Latin American cardinals considered possibilities to become the next pope.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Cardinal Rodriguez, 70, has been mentioned as a potential supreme leader of the Catholic Church since he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.Known as moderately progressive, Rodriguez has gained a reputation as a champion of social justice for his efforts to eradicate poverty. He speaks six languages — including Italian — and has been called the "Rock N'Roll" cardinal for his love of music and motorcycles. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri of Argentina is best known as the unofficial “Voice" of the pope, a nickname given to him after he announced the death of Pope John Paul II to the world on April 2, 2005. Vatican observers and experts believe Sandri has a chance to become the 266th pope — certainly one of the top Latin American prospects. They point to his long service within the Vatican walls, his experience in the Vatican's diplomatic corps and his managerial skills. And while he is Argentinean, his Italian roots boost his candidacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
João Bráz de Aviz is the fourth Brázilian to head a Vatican department in history — each one of them has been considered a papal contender. As head of religious life, Bráz de Aviz was praised for reinvigorating the department and for rebuilding trust between the Vatican and religious orders, especially after scandals like the sexual abuse controversy that rocked the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Experts say this is the greatest shot for a Hispanic pope since ever. Here is a look at some of the top contenders.