'Smart Money' on Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

CNN has this list of likely winners for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced tomorrow, but says the "smart money" is on Pope Francis:

His empathy and compassion toward the disenfranchised has earned him fans worldwide. While his predecessors have reveled in the luxuries that come with the position, Francis, by contrast, has discarded a slew of things, including his bulletproof Popemobile, making him appear more relatable to the masses. The "rock star" Pope has shaken up the Vatican, redefined the papacy and breathed new life into the church.

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The Washington Post also describes Pope Francis as the favorite, picked by professional bookies Paddy Powers at 9/4.

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Beth Cioffoletti
4 years ago
I bet Francis is relieved that the honor was not given to him, but rather to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani who was shot by militants for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education, and Kailash Satyarthi of India for his work to end child labor and free children from trafficking.

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