In the meantime, the public began to perceive the Pope’s planned trip to L’Aquila later this summer as a way to say goodbye to the Catholic Church. If these assumptions are correct, the conclave of cardinals will need to choose a new Pope during the traditional secret meeting.
Even though Europeans have always predominantly represented the Church, this time Asian and African cardinals have higher odds to lead the Vatican. The Irish Paddy Power company considers Peter Turkson to be the top contender to become Pope, and Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle got the second-best odds from the bookmaker.
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