Donna Danna (12 March 2013)
"Vatican: Bookies favour Italy's Angelo Scola as next pope"

Vatican: Bookies favour Italy's Angelo Scola as next pope   
Rome, 11 March (AKI) - Italian cardinal Angelo Scola is now leading the race to be the next pope, according to Irish bookmaker Paddypower. At 2-1, Scola has overtaken the previous front-runner, Ghana’s Peter Turkson at 4-1, Italy's Tarcisio Bertone at 5-1 and Brazil's Pedro Odilo Scherer at 7-1.
Most Vatican experts predict the conclave to elect Benedict XVI's successor will be a contest between reformists, headed by the likes of Scola, who is archbishop of Milan, and Marc Ouellet of Canada, and conservatives such as Cardinal Pedro Odilo Scherer of Brazil.
Conclave: Scola, Scherer and Oullet are front-runners but the race is still open
There seems to be one established certainty. Already as of tomorrow evening, when the 115 voters will shut themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the election, a fair number of votes (some mentioned 35, others 40) should go to the Archbishop of Milan, Angelo Scola, who has the support of various European cardinals and a few Americans. If he is elected, the papacy will become Italian again, thirty-five years after the election of John Paul I. Another candidate who should gather a fair amount of consensus is the Archbishop of São Paulo, Odilo Pedro Scherer, a Brazilian with a long experience in the Curia. Unconfirmed reports on the eve of the Conclave - which of course need to be taken with a pinch of salt – suggest the Brazilian could get 25 votes. A third candidate who might stand out from the beginning is the Canadian Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops who is believed to be able to draw to himself twelve votes from South America and the United States.
Lombardi: “Black smoke on the horizon tomorrow”
“The first smoke signal is expected to be given at 8 pm tomorrow evening; it is unlikely the outcome will be positive, as this will be the first voting session.” The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this in today’s press conference.