Vatican Pope Cardinals Maradiaga

March 3, 2013 - 8:29 AM
FILE - In this April 12, 2005 file photo Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras waits to enter the grottos containing the tomb of Pope John Paul II after a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. To many, Honduran Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga embodies the activist wing of the Roman Catholic Church as an outspoken campaigner of human rights, a watchdog on climate change and advocate of international debt relief for poor nations.Others, however, see him as a reactionary in the other direction: Described as sympathetic to a coup in his homeland and stirring accusations of anti-Semitism for remarks that some believe suggested Jewish interests encouraged extra media attention on church sex abuse scandals. Both images will follow him into the Sistine Chapel conclave along with other cardinals named as possible successors to Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)