Comments on: Cardinals start to winnow down their papal candidates lists Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: pbgd Sun, 03 Mar 2013 23:19:35 +0000 One requirement is rarely mentioned: the candidate MUST be fluent in Italian in his role as Bishop of the city of Rome, and as head of a staff of thousands of Italians — he could not function otherwise. This may disadvantage some Anglophones who are notoriously inept at foreign languages.