'First African Pope' favourite not 'lobbying for the job'

Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of favourites to replace Benedict XVI as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, told ITV News he had not "even thought" about the possibility of becoming Pope. He said:

I’ve not even thought about it, not dreamed about it, not hoping for it, not aspiring towards it.

Every Cardinal is a candidate, but we don’t have the option of lobbying for the job.

Asked whether he thought it was time for Pope from Africa he responded:

For me it has always been the time for a Pope from Africa. It just depends on the Cardinals and their choice.

Read: The runners and riders to replace Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope thankful for 'prayers'

The Pope has made his first appearance at St Peter's Square window since his resignation announcement and thanked the faithful for their "prayers and support."