10 March 2013

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Adopt a cardinal or place your bets for papal conclave

As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a pope, some irreverent souls are betting on the outcome while more religious-minded ones are "adopting" individual cardinals on a website to pray that they make the right choice. Italian cardinal Angelo Scola is by far the favourite with the odds running at just 11-to-four for bookmaker William Hill or three-to-one for Paddy Power, meaning that a safe bet on the 61-year-old would not bring in much cash.


Adopt a cardinal or place your bets for papal conclave (via AFP)
Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/FileCardinal Angelo Scola celebrates a mass on February 12, 2013 in Milan's Duomo cathedral. As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a pope, some irreverent souls are betting on the outcome while more religious-minded ones are "adopting" individual cardinals on a website to pray…

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