Another frontrunner, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is already an influential voice within the church. Benedict appointed Turkson president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009, which deals with action initiatives for the church, a position that led him to call for “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become ineffective in dealing with crises. Turkson, 64, is also a polyglot who speaks Hebrew, English, Fante, Italian, German, and French. So what does he think of being a favorite to succeed Pope Benedict? “If God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God,” Turkson said in 2009.