Betting firms placing odd on next Pope

Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano, Mons. Franco Comaldo, left, a pope aide, looks at Pope Benedict XVI as he reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation.

Many betting firms are already placing odds on who will be the next pope.

Right now Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is the overall favorite. The 64-year old would be the first black pope. Turkson is head of the Vatican's Justice and Peace Bureau. Other favorites include Nigeria's Francis Arinze and Canada's Marc Ouellet.


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