A fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: ReutersA fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: Reuters
A fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: Reuters

India is Asia's unlikely power broker in election for new pope

Indian cardinals comprise five of continent's nine papal electors; two of them say nationality of candidates should not be a major factor

Topic |   Pope Benedict XVI
A fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: ReutersA fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: Reuters
A fireman fits a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican from which white smoke will issue to prepare when the conclave of Catholic cardinals elects a successor to Pope Benedict. Photo: Reuters
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