(KCEN) -- Vatican reporters have said there is no clear choice among the College of Cardinals to succeed Pope Benedict when he resigns at the end of the month.
But even so, reporters at the Vatican say there is growing buzz about an American Cardinal, Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
This has led to inevitable speculation.
The 68-year-old has been Archbishop of the Boston diocese since 2003.
That's when he succeeded Bernard Law, whose resignation was forced by the child sex-abuse cover-up.
O'Malley has been among the most-vocal bishops in apologizing for the church's sex-abuse crisis and reaching out to its victims.