Pay attention to what happens in Italian Church politics and developments.
The intrepid Andrea Tornielli today reports that Angelo Card. Scola (Patriarch of Venice), and not Gianfranco Card. Ravasi, (Pres. Pont. Council for Culture) is on the short list to be the next Archbishop of Milan, along with a few others. Apparently, the Congregation for Bishops will soon be meeting to look over the list of possible prelates and then make recommendations to the Holy Father.
It is the first time in about a century that the naming of the Archbishop of Milan, the largest and most important diocese in Europe and one of the most important in the world, will come about according to the usual process as for other dioceses: for many decades the naming of the pastor of the Ambrosian Church has been decided directly by the Pope, without a process in the Congregation.
Even if there is the usual process, the Pope decides who goes to Milan.
One of the reasons why Milan is important to the non-Italian world is that whomever is appointed receives a huge injection of prestige and influence in the Italian Church, and therefore on the course of things for the larger Catholic Church. Couple this with the fact that in the last consistory, Pope Benedict increased the number of Italian cardinals of voting age.