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Bulletproof Pell noticed by Italian paper

An Italian newspaper has picked Cardinal George Pell as one of its 18 favourites for next week's papal election, describing him as a fearless fighter willing to take up the challenge.

The Australian today quotes Il Giornale's profile of Pell, which notes that he emerged "immaculate" from allegations in 2002 that he had sexually abused a Victorian boy 40 years earlier.

The paper said that bookmakers have "doubled the odds" of the Sydney Archbishop becoming pope.

Online bookmakers are rating Cardinal Pell as a long shot for the papacy, with the Northern Territory's more than doubling the odds to 101:1 over the past week, and Irish bookie ranking him at 50:1.

Il Giornale praised the Cardinal's communication skills and extensive travels.

"The Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, is the portrait of an outsider and the punters looking for a surprise win mustn't disregard this athletic ex-football player, a born fighter on whom John Paul II depended a great deal and who is well regarded by bishops the world over," it said.

Describing him as "a great traveller and a great communicator with a first-class CV", it mentions his "agreeable and no-frills" weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and an opinion piece published in The Australian. "The Australian cardinal uses simple and direct words to explain the point of view of the church," it said.

The special correspondent of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in the US says the bookmakers "seem to like" Cardinal Pell.

"He has an easy name and is a 64-year-old former football ("soccer") player from Australia."

Italian paper backs Pell for pope (The Australian 13/4/05)
Pope poll picks Italian cardinal (The Ledger-Enquirer 12/4/05)
"He's moved on a stage that's absolutely gigantic" - Cardinal Pell ( 12/4/05)

Farewelling Pope John Paul II - a personal reflection from Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Francis Carroll, in Rome (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 12/4/05)
"He's moved on a stage that's absolutely gigantic" - Cardinal Pell ( 12/4/05)
Vatican to open pope's grotto (CNN 12/4/05)
Anger over Catholic Church's endorsement of Archbishop of Boston (ABC Radio The World Today 12/4/05)
Cardinals to pray at pope's tomb before it opens to public (Catholic News Service 11/4/05)
Cardinal Law says pope went to ends of the earth to preach Gospels (Catholic News Service 11/4/05)
Papal apartments sealed, Cardinals to receive official condolences from world diplomats tomorrow (Catholic News Agency 12/4/05)
College of Cardinals to pray before tomb of John Paul II Tuesday afternoon (Catholic News Agency 12/4/05)
Papal apartments closed; papal seal destroyed (Catholic World News 12/4/05)
Brazilian cardinal sure that John Paul II is in heaven (Catholic World News 12/4/05)
On WYD 2005 web site young people of the world write messages about Pope John Paul II. German Bishops call Catholics to give generously to support World Youth Day and help renew missionary spirit (Fides 11/4/05)
Vatican to Open John Paul's Tomb (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 12/4/05)
Pilgrims may visit John Paul II's grave from tomorrow (Vatican Information Service/Independent Catholic News 12/4/05)
John Paul II's Tomb May Be Visited Starting Wednesday (Zenit 11/4/05 - temporary url)

Italian paper backs Pell for pope (The Australian 13/4/05)
Pope poll picks Italian cardinal (The Ledger-Enquirer 12/4/05)
"He's moved on a stage that's absolutely gigantic" - Cardinal Pell ( 12/4/05)
Opus Dei awaits papal decision (Irish Times 12/4/05)
Betting on the papal stakes (BBC 12/4/05)
Issue for Cardinals: Islam As Rival or Partner in Talks (Pew Forum 12/4/05)
Cardinals resume pre-conclave talks (Seven News/Australian Associated Press 12y/4/05)
New 'Flying Saucer' Urns to Receive Papal Ballots (Reuters 11/4/05)
Who is worthy? Cardinals look for pope who will 'be himself' (Catholic News Service 10/4/05)
Vatican: 'May the Lord illuminate the minds of the papal electors' (Catholic News Agency 12/4/05)
Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, a "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"? ( the Vatican 12/4/05)
Plans set for opening of conclave (Catholic World News 12/4/05)
Venice Cardinal Projecting Dynamic Image (The Guardian/Associated Press 12/4/05)
Cardinals Discuss Church Finances (The Guardian/Associated Press 12/4/05)
Electronic Spying Threatens Vatican Secrecy (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 12/4/05)
Wanted as next pope: A man of the people (New York Times/International Herald Tribune 11/4/05)
Three cardinals emphasize collegiality (National Catholic Reporter 12/4/05)
Conclaves were once raucous and long (National Catholic Reporter 12/4/05)
Issue for Cardinals: Islam as Rival or Partner in Talks (New York Times 12/4/05)
Cardinals begin countdown to conclave (New Zealand Herald 12/4/05)
Desmond O'Grady: Rome Diary 2: Here Comes Everybody! (Online Catholics 13/4/05)
Secrets of the conclave (The Age 13/4/05)
The legend of Pope John, or should that be Pope Joan? (The Age 13/4/05)
Cardinal Ruini Calls for a Bold Church, as Pope Wished (Zenit 11/4/05 - temporary url)
Cardinal accused of manipulating vote (Sydney Morning Herald 13/4/05)

Farewell Pope John Paul II (Tenterfield Star 12/4/05)
People gather to remember the Pope (Ararat Advertiser 12/4/05)

Gibson sets sights on Pope's life (Irish Times 12/4/05)
Saint plea as Pope credited with tumour cure miracle ( 12/4/05)
Church officials reject making late pope an instant saint (Catholic News Service 12/4/05)
Alleged Miracles Attributed to John Paul (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 1/4/05)
Archbishop says beatification of John Paul II could come soon (Catholic News Agency 12/4/05)
John Paul II on fast track for canonization? (Catholic World News 12/4/05)
Vatican denies claim of fast-track sainthood for John Paul II (Ecumenical News International 12/4/05)
Cardinals discuss Pope's sainthood (The Australian/AFP 13/4/05)

U.S. Priests Hopeful About Papal Reforms (The Guardian/Associated Press 12/4/05)
Law's activities, positions illustrate "clash of cultures" between U.S. and Rome (National Catholic Reporter 12/4/05)
Paul Collins: The bishops on "authentic democracy" (Online Catholics 13/4/05)
Editorial: Actor Pope's Calculating Charisma (Online Catholics 13/4/05)
Emily Maguire: Time to speak ill of a dead leader who let millions live in anguish (Sydney Morning Herald 13/4/05)
William Rees-Mogg: Before you take the new job, your holiness, read a little Adam Smith (The Times 11/4/05)

13 Apr 2005