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Pope's Resignation Brings Forth March Madness - Vatican Edition

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Christoph Schoenborn, Austria Christoph Schoenborn, Austria
Sean O'Mally, United States Sean O'Mally, United States
Peter Turkson, Ghana Peter Turkson, Ghana

If you're looking for some friendly competition in March and you're not so keen on basketball, worry no more because Pope Benedict's resignation may be the answer.

Earlier Thursday, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the post. The Associated Press wrote that it marks the end to an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world.

But scandal aside, one religious news service has created what is the March Madness of the Catholic world. Enter the "Sweet Sistine Challenge."

According to their website, "more than 100 Roman Catholic cardinals will gather in the Sistine Chapel in March. The "Sweet Sistine" is our guess at the top candidates from each continent."

Among the candidates up for selection are Canada's Marc Ouellet, Austria's Christoph Shoenborn and Peter Turkson from Ghana.

And with Benedict's resignation, many are asking, could this be the year the conclave picks the first person of color as the head of the church?

That we won't know until the end of Lent rolls around. But if you're eager to have some fun and place some bets, look no further than Religion News Service and their challenge.

You can make your choices here: March Madness Vatican Edition. After you vote, you'll receive updates on your Gmail account as to who moved to the next round.

You can also look to the right of this text and print off the bracket if you're really serious about the challenge.

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