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"And who is the most papabile, to use the Italian word for a possible
Pope? The Archbishop of Milan, Dionigi Tettamanzi, is regarded by many
commentators as the most likely to succeed John Paul II. Given the
growth of the Catholic Church in Latin America, however, Oscar
Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras), Jorge Bergoglio (Argentina), and
Claudio Hummes (Brazil) cannot be ignored, and then there's Jaime
Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, a figure of inspiration for
many. For those who believe it's time for Rome to make a bold move,
Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is the logical choice."
Eamonn Fitzgerald's Rainy Day: Papabile
"As of today, three men appear to be especially compelling papabili,
or candidates to be the next pope.
Claudio Hummes, Brazil, 69: A Franciscan, Hummes is well respected in
Rome and was invited to preach the 2002 Lenten Retreat for the papal
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Argentina, 66: A Jesuit, Bergoglio is a
soft-spoken intellectual, a man of genuine theological and
philosophical depth, who is a conservative on doctrinal and spiritual
Godfried Danneels, Belgium, 70: A former professor of liturgy at the
Catholic University of Louvain, Danneels has a high reputation as both
an intellectual and a pastor....
Other papabili include Cardinals Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Ivan Dias
of India, Walter Kasper of Germany, Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico,
Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, Christoph Schnborn of Austria
and Dionigi Tettamanzi of Italy."
The Boston Globe: Who will be the next pope?
"Four papabili on everyone's list:
Cardinal Francis Arinze, former archbishop of Onitsha, Nigeria. He
holds key posts in the Vatican and turns 71 on Nov. 1. A familiar face
to American Catholics, he has made frequent trips to the USA and has
been papabili for years...
Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, 60, archbishop of
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Bunson says he is "dynamic," has three
doctorates and is "one of the brightest theologians in the church."
He's popular, too...
Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, 69, archbishop of Milan. "A brilliant
prelate, he is one of the church's best moral theologians, who is also
a talented shepherd"...
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, 58, archbishop of Vienna. He is the
general editor of the updated Catechism of the Catholic Church."
USA Today: 'Papabili': The handicappers' picks for pope
"While few Vatican officials dare speak of a successor to the ailing
John Paul II, several potential candidates have emerged... Here's a
look at some of the possible candidates, from the leading contenders
to the long shots:
Lucas Moreira Neves...
Carlo Maria Martini...
Time: Who Will Be the Next Pope?
Several odds-makers consider Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi as the
leading candidate for the papacy.
"CWN reports English Catholics and Protestants alike have attacked as
"tasteless and immoral" those bookmakers who are offering odds on
which cardinal will succeed Pope John Paul II. The news agency says
the current favorite with the bookmakers Paddy Power and Betfair is
Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, the archbishop of Milan.
Bettors are also offered odds of 2 to 1 on Archbishop Tettamanzi with
Paddy Power, which is based in Ireland and London, and 37 to 13 with
Betfair, an online company."
Catholic News: Bookies taking bets on the next Pope
"Every commentator on Vatican affairs is agreed on one thing - that
the man with the post access to insider secrets regarding the next
Pope and therefore in the best position to predict who it will be, is
the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.
His odds are constantly updated online. Such is his importance that
the BBC ran a special feature on him in January this year."
European Institute of Protestant Studies: The Man to Ask is Paddy Power
Here are some current odds from Paddy Power:
Dionigi Tettamanzi (Italy) 2 - 1
Claudio Hummes 5 - 2
Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino (Cuba) 11 - 2
Francis Arinze (Nigeria) 6 - 1
Giovanni Battista Re (Italy) 8 - 1
Also worth reading:
Slate: Papal Chase
Catholic Culture: Electing The Next Pope
TCR News: Six Good Servants
Pope Countdown: Successors
Google search strategy:
Google Web Search: "the next pope"
Google Web Search: "papabili OR papabile"
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