A familiar face around the Vatican and in his native country, Cardinal Rivera Carrera, 71, was already on papabili lists for the 2005 Conclave. Known as a progressive on social justice issues, criticizing globalization and corruption, he is also an outspoken conservative on moral issues in Mexico. Popular in his native country, his close ties to the Legionaries of Christ and defense of its founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, who was found guilty of sex abuse, has, however, been a stain on his record.
Photo caption: Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera attends mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on April 12, 2005.