10 Candidates for the Next Pope

Since the news that Pope Benedict will step down hit the news early this morning, journalists and oddsmakers have scrambled to determine who might be the next pontiff. Here's a list of ten candidates, with odds attached from the Irish gambling site Paddy Power. These odds may change over the next few weeks. The frontrunner as of now is 64-year-old Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana (pictured) at 3 to 1. He is followed by Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet at 7 to 2. Read about all ten at Buzzfeed. Link

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The speculation at the time that Ratzinger was elected is that he was an interim pope, while the Vatican further considered what other candidates could best represent the church's political needs. Latin America and Africa have the fastest growing populations of Catholics, so it was assumed then that the next pope would be from one of those continents. My money is on a Latin American cardinal.
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