Could the Next Pope be from the US?

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) - The idea that an American could be the next Pope has a lot of Catholics in the United States buzzing.

There has never been an American Pope before, but experts say two Cardinals from the northeast are gaining momentum.

"I think it would be just fantastic," says Gina Leonhard. "It's about time to shake it up a little bit."

"I hope he's a good man, a good honest man," adds Maria Drumheller. "That's all."

Cardinal Sean O'Malley is one of the United States Cardinals gaining momentum as a frontrunner for the next Pope.

The multi-lingual Cardinal was praised by many for his handling of the sex abuse scandal. He also emphasized the importance of Hispanics in Catholicism and was one of the first Cardinals to use social media.

Another big contender is Cardinal Timothy Dolan from New York. He has been nicknamed the "Shadow Candidate."

Cardinal Dolan stands out from the pack because of his energy and charisma.

Dominick Catalano wonders "Maybe if we have an American pope, he can approach some American young people to go back to the Church. Maybe he's got some new fresh American ideas."

Many hope Cardinals Dolan or O'Malley would help evangelize the Catholic Church.

"America's truly open minded, and we're not as strict and stern about certain things that go along with the Catholic religion," says Leonard. "It might open a lot of venues for people that have a voice that haven't necessarily been heard."

However, for that reason, many people are still skeptical, would the Conclave really elect someone from the United States?

Laura Crowe thinks the only downside is that "kind of would make it a little weird -- like oh of course the Americans got it."

However, many from the US are keeping the fingers crossed until they see the white smoke.