Arinze and Tettamanzi equal favorites as new Pope

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 Irish betting shop chain, Paddy Power, is taking bets for a new Pope. The current front runners are Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria and Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Italy, who have each been given odds of 11-4.

"Our feeling is, we held off a few days, and now the cardinals themselves are convening in Rome," Darren Haines, a spokesman for Paddy Power said.

"We do it very much in the same way as a horse race," Haines added, "Without sounding so callous, in a sense, we have contenders, and you very much rate the speculation on the contenders, very much by going on media reports in the religious press ... Our trading manager is very clued up on this, though she hasn't had divine intervention."

The full betting list can be found here.