Potential New Popes


2/28/2013 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned -- a bunch of candidates from all over the world have emerged as possible favorites to replace him.

While the real papal conclave -- where Cardinals elect the new Pontiff -- is totally anonymous ... we've chosen a few Pope-fuls for YOUR careful consideration.

There are roughly a dozen more Cardinals who are considered to have a good shot at being elected Pope, but we narrowed it down to the 8 handsomest.

It's just like the real thing ... with less smoke.

The question is ...