VATICAN CITY (AP) - Although there's no clear frontrunner to succeed Pope Benedict, the contenders are believed to include Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan.
Longshots would include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Although Dolan is popular and supports the pope's conservative line, the general thinking is that the Catholic Church wouldn't choose a pope from a "superpower."
Benedict himself will hold great sway over the choice of the next pope. He's already hand-picked most of the College of Cardinals, the princes of the church who will elect the new pope. That's expected to happen next month. The traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed.
There was also no obvious front-runner when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.