Pope Benedict will be the first Pope to step down since Gregory XII quit in 1415.  No Pope has ever stepped down due to health issues.  The Pope will step down on February 28th, apparently shocking even the Vatican.

While there are certainly "front-runners" to who will become the successor to Pope Benedict, the most favored choice being spoken and written about, is Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.  A few interesting facts about Turkson:

  1. He is a Ghanaian Cardinal of the Catholic Church.
  2. He is the current president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
  3. He was appointed Cardinal by Pope Benedict in 2009, and has since served as the president of the council

I am not Roman Catholic, and I certainly do not claim to understand the entire situation surrounding the resignation.  I do not think most Roman Catholics I've spoken with understand the vast array of rules and systems in place in the Roman Catholic religious order.  However, what I do know, is that the Pope has tremendous power in the world.  The role of the Pope in the past several years has also seemed to be more of a "unifier" throughout the world, working for all religions to unite in common practice.

Wikipedia highlights Turkson's work as a global power unifier in saying:

In response to the global economic crisis started in 2008, Cardinal Turkson together with bishop Mario Toso elaborated a proposal to reform the international financial system by creating a Global Public Authority and a Global Bank that consider the interest of all developing countries. The document of 40 pages was officially presented in October 2011 and criticizes the actual structure of International Monetary Fund and other institutions.[19]

The world will need to wait and see if those speculating that Cardinal Turkson will be the successor to Pope Benedict are correct.  Only then will we be able to see if his goals in creating a Global Public Authority and a Global Bank will lead to a worldwide unified dollar and banking system: a one world government, and a potential revived Roman Empire at the helm.

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