60% of US Catholics OK with 3rd World pope

LAST GOODBYE. A black and white photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting priests and bishops on May 16, 2012 in Saint-Peter's square at the end of his weekly general audience. VINCENZO PINTO, AFP PHOTO.
About 60% of Catholics in the United States think it would be a good idea if the successor of Pope Benedict XVI would come from South America, Asia or Africa, a Pew Research Center poll said. Another 20% didn’t care if the new pope hails from a developing region of the world. Just 14% thought it was a bad idea. Pew’s Forum on Religion and Public Life interviewed 1,504 Americans of all faiths, including 304 Catholics, on February 13-18 by telephone, on the heels of the German-born pontiff’s resignation announcement on February 11.

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