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Austrian cardinal's mom doesn't want him as pope

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VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn is one of the favorites for the papacy, but at least one Catholic from his country doesn't think he's qualified.

His mom.

Eleonore Schoenborn, 92, says her son is much too good-natured to deal with "the nastiness at the Vatican. He has enough to do dealing with the intrigues in Vienna."

Schoenborn also named other reasons for her opposition in an interview published in Tuesday's "Kleine Zeitung" newspaper. She says "it's much too difficult for him. He has control of his diocese, but heading a world church is something else."

She says if he does become pope, "I'll never see Christoph again. Because I don't have the strength to go to Rome."

But the paper quotes him telling family members that "I'll surely never become pope."

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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