Who will be the next pope?
Mar 06, 2013
Pope Betting Has Ghana’s Turkson in Lead
Turkson’s journey has taken him from his rural hometown in the West African nation’s mining heartland to the Vatican and now to possibly becoming the world’s first black pope. The 64- year-old is the 2-to-1 favorite to replace Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic Church, according to results today from betting company Paddy Power Plc (PAP) in Dublin. He’s placed third by London-based William Hill Plc. (WMH)
This is Peter Turkson of Ghana. According to the prophecy of St. Malachy (1140 AD), whoever is elected pope this time will be the final pope, known as "Peter the Roman." There are two other candidates who might get the position, despite the odds. There is a "Peter" from Brazil and a Peter from Rome itself (the current Secretary of State). It is hard to tell what Malachy meant by "Peter the Roman." The Secretary of State is Italian and might be a better fit with the prophecy, but on the other hand, Peter is only one of his middle names (Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone).
Likewise, the cardinal from Brazil is Odilo Pedro Scherer, and though some are betting on him, this "Peter" (Pedro) is like Bertone, having only a middle name of Peter.
It appears, however, that these are the three strongest candidates for pope who, in some way, reflect the prophecy of St. Malachy.