"It would show that God has a sense of humor to give the people a black pope, but are Westerners ready to accept that?"
Cardinal Bernard Agre
Of Ivory Coast, one of Africa's 11 cardinals.
"It seems to me the victims offer a gift to the church. The church needs the voices of victims in order to sanctify itself."
Founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, on the possible role of the abuse crisis in the selection of a new pope.
"Everything that meant something is in the basement."
Who was moving out of her family's home in Trenton, N.J., and into her own apartment when the house was hit by severe flooding.