Canadian cardinal is the most likely next pope say insiders

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet likely to replace Benedict XVI as pope

He taught chemistry, physics and music at various Salesian colleges in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and was professor of moral theology and ecclesiology at the Salesian Theological Institute, Guatemala, and is currently President of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras and Caritas International.

Whoever takes over, they will need to present to the world, to paraphrase President Obama, an open hand and not  a fist, in other words, they need to be signs of compassion in a world that expects them to follow in the footsteps of the carpenter from Nazareth.

Garry O'Sullivan is Editor in Chief of The Irish Catholic newspaper -