Internet Bookmaker Prepares for Papal Polling
By emily has announced that they will open the books on papal speculation within the next 3 weeks. After the passing of 84-year-old Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005, everyone in the world is eager to know who the next pontiff will be.

The pilgrimage to Rome is not just for the tourists and mourners, but also for the College of Cardinals who will travel from around the globe to decide on who will preside over the Catholic Church. As the Secret Conclave will meet behind the tightly closed doors of the Sistine Chapel the world will wait with baited breath until the white smoke appears from the chimney of the Vatican and the successor to the deceased pontiff is announced.

‘Looking at candidates is very similar to the soccer World Cup,’ said COO Michael Maerz. ‘It will be interesting to see which country the new Pope will come from. Will the Italians who had dominated the Vatican up to Pope John Paul II make a comeback?’ are offering the following odds on who will become the next Pope:

DionigiTettamanzi 5/2

FrancisArinze 5/2

ClaudioHummes 7/2

OscarAndresRodriguezMaradiaga 5/1

JosephRatzinger 7/1

IvanDias 10/1

JorgeMariaBergoglio 12/1

Jean-MarieLustiger 14/1

DarioCastrillonHoyas 16/1

MarcoCe 16/1

GiovanniBatista 18/1

GodfriedDaneels 20/1

ChristophSchonborn 22/1

JaimeLucasOrtegayAlamino 22/1

AngeloSodano 28/1

EnnioAntonelli 28/1

GiacomoBiffi 33/1

JuanLuisCipriani 33/1

NorbertoRiveraCarrera 33/1

CarloMariaMartina 40/1

CrescenzioSepe 40/1

SilvanoPiovanelli 40/1

KarlLehmann 50/1

MiloslavVlk 100/1

‘Our odds makers have had their own Secret Conclave,’ Maerz added, ‘and we hope that the new Pope will make it a bettor world for everyone!’

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