This will be the first Pope to resign in 600 years. The resignation date is February 28. A new Papal Conclave will convene by March, and a new Pope is expected to be elected by Easter. With the vacancy, would anyone care to speculate the country of origin for the next Pope? Only Cardinals under the age of 80 are eligible to be elected Pope.(CNN) -- In an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI -- born Joseph Ratzinger -- has announced that he is to resign.
List of living Cardinals from Wikipedia
USAToday's take on the frontrunners. There is a Canadian on the list.