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ABC News U.S. 2013/02/28 22:00:00
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While the U.S. has deemed it illegal to place bets on who will become the next pope -- the selection process is considered an election -- plenty of people around the world (even in the U.S., in the form of "unofficial" pools) have put down cash on who they think will become the next leader of the Catholic Church.

As New Jersey's Asbury Park Press reports, more than 20,000 people have bet several hundred thousand dollars on the change, with bookmakers estimating that number to "quickly move into the millions." That could be a record for a non-sporting event.

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  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2013/03/11 02:18:48
  • Sidrah Zaheer 2013/03/10 02:40:31
    Europe
    Sidrah Zaheer
    +1
    They have mostly been European.
  • Al in St. Lou 2013/03/08 15:52:10
    North America
    Al in St. Lou
    +1
    I'm hoping for Cardinal Burke.
  • Brian Decker 2013/03/06 22:31:01
    North America
    Brian Decker
    +1
    I have no reason. I just picked one
  • andrew.micheals.353 2013/03/05 22:56:13 (edited)
    Europe
    andrew.micheals.353
    +1
    It would be nice to see a change but I doubt it. I do not understand the people who think that an African pope is likely to be progressive. Africa has probably the most conservative of all the possible candidates. Central and south America is possible, North America, no way guys keep dreaming. As long as he does something about the kiddy fiddlers I am happy who ever it may be.
  • rmullan3 2013/03/05 22:39:47
    Central/South America
    rmullan3
    +1
    I picked Central and South America as I feel they are not as liberal in their theology as North Americans and even Europeans... It's going to be interesting to watch.

    To be honest I am really not too sure where the new pope will come from. I just pray that the Holy Spirit will decend on the Conclave of Cardinals and inspire the right choice. I pray he will stand for the True Church and not be bowled over by secular pressure. To be like John Paul II would be the ideal.. We shall have to wait and see what God has in store.
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2013/03/05 20:57:47
    Africa
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Just came over here to giggle at those who flock to this ... stuff, like Princess Diane had resurrected or some such.
  • Playerazzi 2013/03/05 12:15:13
    Europe
    Playerazzi
    +2
    Europe, or maybe - just maybe - Latin America.

    But the papacy is not ready for an American pope.
  • stupidmaybe 2013/03/05 12:00:39
    Europe
    stupidmaybe
    +1
    I'm going to be the new pope
  • Mike stupidm... 2013/03/05 20:46:02
    Mike
    +1
    If you are, could I be the new Papal Nuncio to Cuba ? lol
  • stupidm... Mike 2013/03/11 15:50:06
    stupidmaybe
    +1
    Sorry my interview hours are 5pm to 9pm please put your comment in the suggestion box
  • Katherine 2013/03/05 06:06:38
    North America
    Katherine
    I seriously hope not, though.
  • Darr247 2013/03/05 04:00:30
    Australia/New Zealand Region
    Darr247
    +1
    aka The Underworld.
  • oscar.bergqvist.12 2013/03/05 03:59:24
    Africa
    oscar.bergqvist.12
    +1
    could you think if the pope came from Africa and he went on tour of America and a black man went up to him and said hey yo wats up mi man the pope would run to the nearest white guy and say thank god u r here
  • Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL 2013/03/05 01:44:33
    Africa
    Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL
    A progressive Pope will rule taking a cue from the ignorant American people who put the most worthless community organizer into the WH .... twice.
  • lipton7.62 2013/03/05 01:28:10
    Africa
    lipton7.62
    +1
    From Tehran he is the 12th Imam.
  • Drageona 2013/03/05 01:06:57
    North America
    Drageona
    +2
    Actually I have no idea and I real don't give a dam. I am not Catholic, so let's toss a coin and see where it lands.
  • Zoomie 2013/03/05 00:59:24
    Central/South America
    Zoomie
    +1
    Picked South/Central America basically in hope of some other region besides Europe...but given more than half of all Cardinals come from Europe, it's unlikely...
  • Adam 2013/03/04 23:00:02
    Central/South America
    Adam
    +1
    Truth be told, the safe money is on Europe, However, I think that the Church just might want to look a little more progressive , and mend there image a little bit. This would favor Africa and its growing Catholic population, but the problem is that they don't really want to BE very progressive. They just want to look like they are moving with the times while remaining severely conservative. I think that Central/South America would let them look like they are moving with the times, pander to the large and growing Catholic population there, all while letting them stay severely conservative. Europe may be the safe bet, Central/South America is probably under-appreciated, and Africa is a surprisingly strong long shot. If I were betting, Id probably go with Central/South America.
  • rmullan3 Adam 2013/03/05 22:44:03
    rmullan3
    There is nothing wrong with being Conservative..to bend at any wind that blows is not what the Church stands for. We have for 2000 years had the teachings of Christ in all truth. This way of of they need to be more progessive is just another way of saying..yay.. let's change the rules about everything cause the world says so. THAT is not the Church I belong to. I stand by the Teachings of the Church the way they are... not liberal thinking.
  • Adam rmullan3 2013/03/05 23:54:21
    Adam
    That's why I said severely Conservative. You can join the rest of the rational world without compromising your values as a Christian organization, and there are DEFINITELY some completely inexcusable skeletons in the Papal closet, and the inability to have faith without clinging to some obviously asinine lies shows a weakness in that faith. Catholicism (And other segments of Christianity as well, to be sure) are laughably immature when it comes to things like contraception, gay rights, dealing with child abuse, and women's rights. If reality threatens a Catholic persons faith, then there faith was a weak thing to begin with.
  • JamesChevyII 2013/03/04 22:20:22
    Europe
    JamesChevyII
    +1
    Europe seems to have a strong hold on the seat...
  • A Founding Father 2013/03/04 22:14:59
    Europe
    A Founding Father
    The dark underworld, where secrets can be kept forever.
  • questionsparks 2013/03/04 22:02:52
    Australia/New Zealand Region
    questionsparks
    I have no idea.
  • sneekyfoot 2013/03/04 21:56:01
    Europe
    sneekyfoot
    who knows
  • Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣ 2013/03/04 21:54:35
    Central/South America
    Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣
    +1
    It would be great!! Brazilian..
  • ladyvoldemort 2013/03/04 21:46:29
    North America
    ladyvoldemort
    +2
    Dolan or Ouillet
  • l 2013/03/04 21:43:39
    Central/South America
    l
    +2
    I'm praying for South America or Africa :)
  • SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO) 2013/03/04 21:22:22
    North America
    SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO)
    +2
    Cardinal Dolan may be the next Pope
  • Paul 2013/03/04 18:07:42
    Asia
    Paul
    +1
    Why not China? Ok, so they don't have many Catholics, but everything else comes from there. And it would be cheaper. You could get 3 popes for the price of 1.
  • Mike Paul 2013/03/04 21:17:44
    Mike
    +1
    A Papal triumvirate. That would be interesting! lol
  • Paul Mike 2013/03/04 21:20:18
    Paul
    +1
    And look at the advantages. One could stay at the Vatican while the other two are on the road. They could take turns at events. Many possibilities.
  • Adam Paul 2013/03/04 22:47:27
    Adam
    +1
    Historically, multiple Popes has not gone well.
  • Paul Adam 2013/03/04 23:20:18
    Paul
    Hmmm... Maybe this time would be a winner?
  • Adam Paul 2013/03/05 00:05:50
    Adam
    +1
    There not very well known for "We will do things differently this time"
  • Paul Adam 2013/03/05 00:28:40 (edited)
    Paul
    Well, maybe a hot, young, female pope then? These crusty, old guys who look like death warmed over on their best day are getting old.

    She could be from the Ukraine...

    http://www.dailymotion.com/vi...
  • Adam Paul 2013/03/05 01:49:39
    Adam
    +1
    Unfortunately, a person who is not at least a Bishop who is elected Pope has to be elevated to Bishop shortly before becoming Pope. And women can't be Bishops.Realistically, if the catholic Church wants a female Pope, they are going t o have to do some major overhauling, and then wait...60 to 80 years.
  • Paul Adam 2013/03/05 02:06:43
    Paul
    Hmmm...well there goes that idea too.

    I'm afraid I'm all out of ideas. Maybe just another old European guy then
  • Bill 2013/03/04 17:35:25
    Europe
    Bill
    +1
    I'm willing to bet he's going to be of Roman decent. If all of St. Malachy's prophecies are any indication. We shall see very soon though, hmmmm?!
  • Jayachandran Superman 2013/03/04 15:32:17
    Europe
    Jayachandran Superman
    +1
    Ofcourse it is going to be Europe
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