Scherer says conclave is not like political election
No electoral campaign, just a matter of listening to God11 March, 18:38
"I ask everybody to join us cardinals in prayer for the conclave, to choose he who will be Peter's successor", added Scherer.
A Brazilian of German descent, Scherer, 63, leads the world's largest diocese in the world's largest Catholic country and is seen as a modernizer with a strong doctrinal grounding, embodying the old and the new while tweeting prolifically.
He is familiar with the Curia and has acquired notoriety for trying to push back against the rise of Pentecostal churches in Brazil. However, some say he lacks the charisma needed to become the successor of Benedict XVI.