Bookies say age of African pope may have arrived
Nigerian Arinze favored as next pontiff by some betting agencies11 February, 14:13
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.