Italian Scola leads odds to become next pope

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Cardinal Angelo Scola, of Italy, prays prior to celebrating a mass in Rome’s Santi Apostoli church, Sunday March 10, 2013. Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up time repeatedly as strong contenders for the job. Scola, the archbishop of Milan, is among those considered to have a credible shot at the papacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

LONDON—Italian archbishop Angelo Scola is favorite to be the next pope ahead of Ghana’s Peter Turkson and Odilo Scherer of Brazil, bookmakers said Tuesday as cardinals prepared to choose the new pontiff.

Bookmakers were also taking bets on the official name that the successor to Benedict XVI will take, with Leo, Peter and Gregory the favorites.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power and Britain’s William Hill said Scola’s chances had improved dramatically and both gave the Milan archbishop odds of 9/4 to be the next pope.

The likelihood of a first African pope diminished meanwhile as the once highly favored Cardinal Turkson dropped down the betting rankings, while Cardinal Scherer leapt up the table.

William Hill put Turkson in second place on 7/2 and Scherer, the archbishop of Sao Paolo, in third at 4/1. Paddy Power put Scherer second at 4/1 and Turkson in third on 6/1.

Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone — the Vatican camerlengo, or chamberlain — is at 6/1 with William Hill and 10/1 with Paddy Power.

The odds of a first pontiff from North America lengthened meanwhile as the bookies abandoned the once highly favored conservative Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada. He is at 10/1 with both William Hill and Paddy Power.

Among the US cardinals with a shot at the papacy, Sean O’Malley is at 14/1, Raymond Burke at 16/1 and Timothy Dolan at 20/1.

One-time favorite Francis Arinze of Nigeria has meanwhile suffered a dramatic reversal in his fortunes, at 40/1 with William Hill, having been at 2-1 just after Benedict resigned in February. He did not feature in Paddy Power’s odds.

On a lighter note, Paddy Power put noted atheist scientist Richard Dawkins at 666-1 and U2 frontman Bono at 1000/1 to be the next pope.

For the next pope’s official name, Leo is the favorite at 5/4, followed by Peter at 2/1, Gregory at 5/1, Pius at 6/1, John Paul at 8/1 and John at 10/1. Benedict is at 12/1.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

    Rubbish!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZKGKYAZXNRHZYY7DFIIZXK2ROA Magic

    OK, let’s see how accurate this forecast is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Are we going to have a Pope-S(i)cola?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_74SBEBVBXDCXO2ZOMWALWWIEIQ yahoo-74SBEBVBXDCXO2ZOMWALWWIEIQ

    Petrus Romanus?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TMHMGIQEOQOSNOJHGA2XMFXZIU Ronald

    disgusting article. the Holy Spirit will decide! 

  • buttones

    Bookmakers, priests and the sacred geometry of chance, not often you see those words in one sentence is it……..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P46VEAWAZYDQTLUAROVWJ6IVRM iamwhoiam

    Why and how can you AFP, a well-respected media company relate a sacred ceremony and process to betting? Have you no respect at all to the sensitivity of the Roman Catholic believers??

  • patawad

    Parang feeling miserable ang mukha niya!

  • comeandgo

    This is a stereotype of gossiping. Gossip is a way we judge others, which really isn’t our job. God is in charge of judging people, not us. Gossip really only ends up creating greed, hate, envy, murder.
    Gossip is also a sign that we are not really active in our faith and in our lives. If you think about it, the busier we are, the less time we have to gossip. We no longer have the time to get wrapped up in someone else’s life. Gossip is bred out of boredom. It may start as a simple conversation about people, and then escalates quickly. The Bible clearly tells us to do more than discuss other people’s lives.

    • becivilized

      Proverbs 11:13 – “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”

  • Marx Louis Wang

    24% lang ang katoliko sa BUONG EUROPE akalain mo tapos sa kanila pa manggagaling ang pope? what a joke!!!

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