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ROME

Bookies say age of African pope may have arrived

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Rome, February 11 - Bookmakers who are busy laying
out the odds on who will be the next pontiff to take the place
of Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on Monday citing his
advancing age, say that the era of an African pope may have
arrived.
Online betting agency Agimeg says that the next pope could
be Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze and place Cardinal Peter
Turkson of Ghana as second in the running.
Bookies have placed Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola as the
European favourite to succeed Benedict, followed by Vatican
Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and Cardinal Angelo
Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian
Bishops' Conference.
Paddy Power booking agency also places Arinze as the first
choice, followed by Turkson, then Canadian Cardinal Marc
Ouellet.
The name to be chosen by the next pope is also subject for
wagering, with Peter in the lead, followed by Pius, John Paul,
John and Benedict.

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