Vatican Diary The Conclave Primaries - the Real Thing Will Only Start Today

Archbishop of Milano Angelo Scola might win if he takes an early lead but if it drags on to Thursday or even Friday, then the pope will once again not be an Italian.

Betting on the cardinal who will finally receive enough votes in the conclave to become pope is almost impossible when there at least a dozen viable candidates. One bet that was almost certain, though, was that last night the first round of voting would not yield a new pontiff.