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Will Asia rise to the Papal throne?

Updated 10:17 PM ET, Mon March 11, 2013
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Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, center, attends a meeting of prayer at St. Peter's Basilica on March 6, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, 115 cardinals are expected to vote for the world's 266th pontiff. Tagle has been floated as a potential, though long-shot, candidate. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, right, receives his biretta hat as Pope Benedict XVI appoints him as a cardinal during a ceremony on November 24, 2012 at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Luis Antonio Tagle cries after the ceremony where he was appointed by the pontiff as cardinal on November 24, 2012 at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Elizabeth Angsioco, right, holds up a T-shirt pushing for passage of the Philippine Reproductive Health (RH) bill, which passed in December 2012. The National Chairwoman of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) says her biggest fear is that the new pope will be from her own country. Giney Villar
A Catholic nun holds an anti-Reproductive Health (RH) flag during a rally at a Catholic shrine in Manila on August 4, 2012. Philippine nuns and priests led thousands of Catholics in a protest against a proposed law that would provide free contraceptives in a bid to curb population growth. TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages
Child abuse cases in the Philippines, by priests and non-clergy alike, have plagued the Asian nation just as in Europe and North America. Here, children in Manila carry signs calling for the end of child abuse in a parade marking United Nations Children's Month, October 2008. JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, sits during a mass at a Catholic gathering in the Philippine capital on February 16, 2013. Filipinos are hoping that 56-year-old Tagle, who was only made a cardinal last year, could become the next pope following the shock announcement by 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI. JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images