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.
So, we're all shocked at the resignation of the Pope, but what happens next?
Pope Benedict XVI has made the announcement that he will resign as the head of the Roman Catholic Church due to his "advanced age."
Who will follow in Pope Benedict's footsteps? Is it time for an African pope?