Bergoglio was 'rank outsider' to become new pope

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected as the new pope today, waves to the St Peter's Square crowd.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected as the new pope today, waves to the St Peter's Square crowd. Credit: REUTERS/100eos1d

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a rank outsider to be elected as the next Pope, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookmaker offered odds of 33-1 on Bergoglio to take the Vatican role and claim that no more than £10 was staked on the eventual winner in any single bet.

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