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Will the Next Pope be Brazilian?

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Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Brazil gestures during mass at the Saint Andrea at the Quirinale church in Rome March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3ESZV

Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world, yet it has seen many changes in how believers practice their faith.

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Andrew Chesnut is Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a leading authority on Christianity in Brazil and Latin America.

He says a charismatic form of Catholic renewal in Brazil has taken off and and is the future of global catholicism.

And Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer, according to professor Chesnut, is a leading contender in the race to the papacy.

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