People that enjoy wagering online can now bet on just about anything. Betting on the entertainment market can be exciting and profitable for players who keep up with pop culture and regularly follow the news. Nothing is off limits in this betting market, including the Vatican and odds on who will be the next Pope. Check the Next Pope prediction below.
Pope Francis has recently been contemplating retirement, and rumors about his health issues have bookmakers thinking there could be a new Pope sooner than later. So for players that like wagering on entertainment futures, now could be the best time to start handicapping and considering a wager to make their next Pope prediction.
Pope election odds have been available online for years. However, on the 85-year-old Pope Francis’ most recent trip to Canada, he couldn’t fulfill all his duties because of mobility issues that caused him to now use a wheelchair.
He rejected all retirement rumors last June when the Pope announced he intended to continue his service, but he doesn’t appear to be in the best health. In that case, it may be time to start looking at the next Pope election odds to get the best value.
There have been 266 Popes to head the Catholic Church, with Pope Francis making history as the first non-European to hold the position since Gregory III was named Pope in 731. The next Pope will also make history as the trend of Italians becoming Pope changed after more than 400 years when Pope John Paul was elected.
Odds for the next Pope prediction can be found in the entertainment futures section at most online sportsbooks. Here’s who the oddsmakers think has the best chance of becoming the 267th Pope of the Catholic Church when they set up the betting odds.
Mark Ouellet +250
The current favorite to replace Pope Francis, Mark Ouellet, could make history as the first Canadian Pope. The 78-year-old was appointed by Pope Benedict as head of the Congregation of Bishops at the Vatican in 2010. He was previously the Archbishop of Quebec and the Primate of Canada. In addition, as verified by the betting guides, he was a candidate for Pope in the last two elections in 2005 and 2013.
However, this choice may not be the best value, as Ouellet is currently part of a long list of Canadian priests involved in a sexual assault investigation. The Vatican can’t elect an individual as Pope if they’re currently being investigated or accused.
Luis Antonio Tagle +400
Another favorite for the next Pope prediction is Cardinal-Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines. The 65-year-old is very popular with the public and would be the first Asian Pope in history. He’s been spoken of well by the Vatican and has never been in the middle of any controversy.
Tagle is head of the Propaganda Fide, which is in charge of all Catholic missions worldwide, and was appointed by Pope Francis as the Pro-Prefect for the Section of Congregation for the Evangelization of People. He previously served as Archbishop of Manila from 2011 to 2019.
Peter Turkson +600
Peter Turkson was the favorite to become Pope at several offshore bookmakers back when Pope Benedict resigned but was upset by Pope Francis. However, many sharp bettors believe he can put that behind him and become the first black Pope in history.
The 73-year-old from Ghana was appointed Pope Francis in 2016 as the head of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He resigned from the position last year after an internal investigation into the department started in June 2021.
Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga +800
Honduran Cardinal-Priest Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is seeing his chance to become Pope dwindle as he approaches 80 years old. But, other than his age, he still has a great chance as the next Pope prediction.
Rodriguez has been a bishop for over 40 years and was the head of the international Caritas, a powerful worldwide aid organization. However, he was accused of financial mismanagement, which could have to do with his criticism of the Honduran president in 2010.
Bettors may want to place him on a short list of backups, as seeing a Pope elected from such a small country would be a first. However, he was trusted by both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and was appointed to the new Advisory Board of Cardinals in 2013.