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White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope
March 4th, 2013
09:56 AM ET

White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – As the College of Cardinals decide when they’ll lock themselves away to begin the process of electing a new Pope, the odds makers are already at work.

Feilim MacAnIomaire with the online betting site PaddyPower, says betting on who the pope will be, from what country he will come, how long the conclave will last, how many ballots it will take, and what name the new pope will take is big business.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Vatican

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 8, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 8, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie.

      March 8, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  2. Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

    They look so nice in their Dagon fish god hats.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:37 am |
  3. The white smoke is kickass! The black smoke... not so much.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Bunch of hindu santans, criminal goons, hindus agents of hinduism, racism out to elect chief hindu sanatans, filthy goon to hind fool humanity in to hindu gentile ism, filthy slavery ism of few hindus, crooks.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF SATAN ISM

      HA HA HA, HERE YOU GO DIRTY RAT, COWARD, NOW I KNOW YOU'RE A KASHMIRIAN PUNDIT, BRAHMIN, TURNED MOSLEM BY FORCE, JEALOUS OF INDIAN RULE IN KASHMIR, WHAT LOOSER A KASHMIRIAN PUNDIT WITH MOSLEM NAME. LOOSER OF THE WORST KIND.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      Yeah. What the lunatic said !

      March 5, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  5. Honey Badger Dont Care

    I bet that the next pope will be an old, white guy. Any takers?

    March 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Aydin

      Probably – but then most of the cardinals are old white guys so that's pretty good odds. They might make it an old white guy in the Americas, though.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • sam stone

      probably. although choosing an african pope my expand "the faith" to africa. after all, africa is the poorest continent on earth. and, nothing brings in people to god like desperation

      March 5, 2013 at 5:03 am |
  6. Reality

    What a waste of time, money and server space as the papacy has no historical or theological foundation.

    Did this simple preacher man, an illiterate rabbi at best, establish a church? No he did not based on the lack of historical and theological proof e.g. "Thou art Peter" (Matt 16: 18-19) passage only appears in one gospel and therefore its lacks any attestation verification.

    Matthew, whomever he was, should therefore be considered a part founder/"necessary accessory" of the Catholic Church, as was Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James his brother, Mary Magdelene, Mary, Joseph and another father if you believe the mamzer stories, the Apostles and Pilate. It was a team effort with Pilate being the strangest "necessary accessory".

    See also http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb073.html and Professor Gerd Ludemann's review in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 197-198, " The passage (Matt 16: 18) was put into the mouth of Jesus by Peter himself or his followers and subsequently predated by Matthew into the life of Jesus. It is inauthentic."

    March 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  7. The Anti-Atheist

    Atheists are retarded!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Science

      The fairy in the sky is along with the talking snake..

      The COVER UP !

      March 5, 2013 at 5:25 am |
  8. Saraswati

    There's a real entertainment value in these rituals that I think shouldn't be dismissed so lightly. But it needs to be cleaned up and modernized to be worth keeping around.

    March 4, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  9. meifumado

    My bet is on the pedo.

    March 4, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  10. Akira

    My goodness, people will bet on anything.

    March 4, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  11. The Devil

    Greed is god(s)

    March 4, 2013 at 10:02 am |
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