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Now that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation to poor healthâ€”becoming the first pope to resign in nearly 600 yearsâ€”there is speculation as to who could replace him.Â Some even suggest that a younger, dynamic pontiff from Africa, Latin America or some other area of the developing world could be waiting in the wings.
Some believe the next pope will and should come from Africa. But why an African pope?
It would not be the first time, but it has been a very long time since the world has seen a pontiff from Africa.Â There were three African popes throughout history, according to the National Black Catholic Congressâ€”Pope St. Victor I (circa 186-198 A.D.), Pope St. Miltiades (311-14), and Pope St. Gelasius (492-496).