Global Hunt For Next Pope – Bookies Bet That African Pope Next!
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on Wednesday evening and William Hill can report that just one day before the announcement, he was 40/1. He eventually finished at 25/1.
With Pope Francis being the first non-European Pope, Britain's biggest bookmakers think that the conclave could look further afield in the future. It is 2/1 that the next Pope after Francis comes from Africa, 5/1 another South American and the same price for North America - although Europe is the 7/4 favourite.
"Africa is another growth area for the Catholic Church and it would be no great surprise if the Cardinals acknowledge that by choosing an African Pope next time round," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
Where will next Pope come from: 7/4 Europe; 2/1 Africa; 5/1 South America; 5/1 North America; 16/1 Asia; 25/1 Oceana