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Holy moly: Pope Benedict retires! Bet on who will succeed him with Paddy Power

by Josh Powell | February 11, 2013

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Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will retire on February 28 and Paddy Power has already opened a book over who will take his place in Rome.

Pope Benedict is reportedly retiring “due to advanced age” which is just Vatican talk for “pretty damn old”. The 85-year-old’s papacy began on April 19, 2005, and less than eight years later he is calling it a day. He’s also been using a cane and it was reported he struggled to read the text of an address he delivered in Rome.

‘After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry’.
Taken from Pope Benedict’s statement this morning

Benny became the first Pope to take to Twitter and managed to rack up an impressive 1.5 million followers. The German posted his first tweet on December 12 but unfortunately he didn’t put up any funny GIFs or hilarious memes. He stuck with some sound religious advice like this…

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet is 5/2 market leader to be elected as the next Pope. He is Prefect of the congregation for Bishops which is seen as a powerful position within the Vatican, it seems. According to one of the Paddy Power lads who has his finger on the Catholic pulse, Cardinal Marc has experience of working in Latin in America, is a friend of Benedict and is apparently outgoing and charismatic. At 64 he is about the right age but could be seen as too young if anything!

Cardinal Peter Turkson is 7/2 and speaks six languages. The Ghanaian can understand Latin and Greek and has seen plenty of support early doors.

Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria at 7/2. If either Cardinal Francis Arinze or Cardinal Peter Turkson are elected it would be the first time in history there would be a black Pope.

Early steamers in the market are Cardinal Keith O’Brien from Scotland who has been trimmed from 40/1 into 33/1, and Ireland’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who has seen his price slashed from 150/1 in to 80/1. 

It doesn’t look so good for Bono or Father Dougal Maguire though and they are both big outsiders at 1000/1.

Betting: Who will be the next Pope?

5/2     Cardinal Marc Ouellet

9/4 7/2     Cardinal Peter Turkson

7/2     Cardinal Francis Arinze

7/1 8/1     Archbishop Angelo Scola

10/1    Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

12/1 14/1    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

14/1    Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco

16/1 20/1    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

20/1    Cardinal Leonardo Sandri

25/1    Cardinal Raymond Burke

25/1    Cardinal Cladio Hummes

25/1    Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi

25/1    Cardinal Christoph von Schonborn

33/1    Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

33/1    Cardinal William Levada

33/1    Cardinal Camillo Ruini

33/1    Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera

33/1    Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa

33/1    Cardinal Renato Martino

33/1    Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith

33/1    Archbishop Piero Marini

33/1    Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera

33/1    Cardinal Keith O’Brien

40/1    Bar

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  2. Sean Leader said on February 11, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Francis Arinze at 7/2? I wish! He’d be great, but he turned 80 in November, making him ineligible to vote. Hard to garner the numbers if you can’t be in the room.

  3. Sean Leader said on February 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    The current list of Electors (aged under 80) and their biographies are found here (on the Vatican website):

    Still, I think Bono and Fr Dougal are worth a go as well. :-)

  4. Jack Hackett said on February 11, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Father Dougal ? That’s ridiculous. Surely Bishop Len Brennan would be a better bet.

  5. Terez said on February 11, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    If 2005 proved anything, it’s that The College of Cardinals is acutely aware of the prophesies of Saint Malachy, as Pope Benedict single handedly fulfilled the prophesy with his choice of names. Essentially confirming that he would be the second to last pope, as the prophesy states. So, you should be looking for someone who will fulfill the final prophesy – “Peter the Roman.” There are three candidates that appear to fit that description.

    Tarcisio PIETRO Bertone – the Vatican Secretary of State, born in ROMANO Canavese, Italy. He has been at the center of all the recent “tribulations” in the Vatican, as was part of St. Malachy’s prediction.

    Or, perhaps Peter Turkson of Ghana, who spent much of his career studying in Rome. A few places on the interweb suggest that he already has the nickname “Peter of Rome” in his village in Ghana. But I think this is just someone’s invention. He did, however, study in the United States, which is perhaps a very notable point on his curriculum vitae.

    Or maybe Agostino Vallini, Vicar of Rome. Born near Rome. Who then fulfills the prophesy by choosing the name Peter; which wouldn’t be so out of left field, since his crest carries the Latin slogan “Sequere Me” – Jesus’ command repeated three times to the Apostle Peter.

    Whoever is ultimately chosen, the pressure will be immense, beginning with the choice of names. If the new pope is so bold to choose the name “Peter,” he would essentially be saying that, yes, the end is nigh. Such intrigue.

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  7. Smoggie said on February 11, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    Rafa Benitez on an interim basis

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  10. brandonevanss said on February 12, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Pietro Parolin! I would like to see him on the list please!

  11. brandonevanss said on February 12, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Pietro Parolin heard it hear first, would like to see him on the list

  12. Sandino said on February 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Hmmm, I bet he will be an old white man. Who cares? They are all out of touch with the reality of people’s lives.

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  14. Michael said on February 12, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Add the newbies and the Easterners! Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, Peter Cardinal Bechara, Lobymyr Cardinal Husar

  15. Doug said on February 12, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    I am thinking that an Italian will take it (either Scola or Ravasi.) I think the big question though on every one’s mind is why is Antonio Llovera at such long odds when everyone was considering him the frontrunner a few years ago? What happened there?

    No doubt all the factional intrigue, lobbying and backstabbing is already well and truly under way. Oh, to be a fly on the way in the Curia today.

  16. John Rhodes said on February 13, 2013 @ 8:23 am


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