Paddy Power, the largest bookmaking company in Ireland, isÂ giving 7/4 odds that the next Catholic
Pope will be from Italy.
“The boost for Italy comes following the news that a total of ten, almost half of Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s new twenty-four strong consistory, are Italian. Come 20th November, a total of 25 of the 120 voting-age Cardinals will be Italian,” reports www.liveoddsandscores.com.
Current Pope Benedict XVI is only the second pontif to hail from outside Italy.
Even so, the overall frontrunner to take the papacy when it opens up is Francis Arinze of Nigeria at 2/1.
Â The odds of the next Pope coming from the United States? 10/1.
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