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Who was closest: Guessing the new pope


 Here at the Daily Item, we were on pope watch, no doubt.

So in the newsroom, we decided to take some guesses to see who could be closest on the following items:

  1. How long would the conclave last?
  2. Where would the new pope be from?
  3. How old would he be?

Here’s how it shook out: Basically, we all stink at guessing the pope.

Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, 76, was chosen. He will be Francis I.

How long would the conclave last?

Managing/Features editor Joanne Arbogast guessed spot on that the conclave would only last one full day. (We didn’t count Tuesday evening as a day, since that is considered to be a dummy vote anyway).

So, congrats on that, Joanne.

Where would the new pope be from?

No one had Argentina. But, two people did pick a South American pope – reporter Marcia Moore and photographer Amanda August.

They both had Brazil – but I’ll give them credit for being on the right continent.

How old would he be?

This one was all me.

I had the closest at 74 – most people went younger, late 60s, early 70s.

In conclusion

I’m not even going to try to name an overall winner. Because we were all over the place on this one.

So, in conclusion, don’t bet the house on our papal bets.