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Could The Obama Effect spread to the Roman Catholic Church? Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana seems to think so. Turkson said Monday there was no reason why the next pope couldn’t be Black, particularly following the election of President Barack Obama, according to the Associated Press. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana is playing an important role in guiding a three-week meeting at the Vatican on the challenges of the Catholic Church in Africa. Speculation about the possibility of a pope from the developing world has swirled for years, as that is where the Catholic Church is growing most. In Africa, between 1978 and 2007, the number of Catholics grew from 55 million to 146 million. By contrast, Catholic communities in Europe are in decline.–BB