The BBC’s Rome correspondent thinks he could be in with a shot. Or at least, Pope Benedict XVI seems to favour him.
His name is Gianfranco Ravasi (aged 70), only appointed Cardinal in 2010.
Based on his record, Ravasi appears to be forward-thinking but in a positive way. He realises that technology must be used to the benefit of the Church, and has been critical of the formulaic nature of homilies. He also believes evolution and Catholic theology to be wholly compatible.
So place your bets, and keep praying!
(photo: Philip Chidell)