Dionigi Tettamanzi


Born: March 14, 1934

-Archbishop of Milan

The cardinal - considered a moderate - became the leading Italian candidate for the papacy with his July 2002 nomination to become the cardinal of Milan, Italy's richest, most powerful archdiocese. Tettamanzi's promotion from his post as the cardinal of Genoa marks the first time in recent history the pope has moved a cardinal from one Italian diocese to another. Pope John Paul was the first non-Italian to lead the church in 455 years, a fact that could help or hinder the cardinal's chances.