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Conclave Buzz Meter

By March 1, 2013From the Web

Ave Maria! As we look ahead to the upcoming conclave, here is a list of Cardinal electors from New Advent, the site that has the Catholic Encyclopedia. The ranking is not what I want to focus on but it is interesting in that it is based at least to some extent on objective metrics including  from Google Trends, regarding who is talked about the most. What I like most about the list is the large number of links going off to various articles on each cardinal. So I have included it here for this reason.

From New Advent:


Updated February 27, 2013

Here are the 115 cardinal electors, ranked according to a “buzz” score calculated by New Advent. This score is based on a cardinal’s relative influence and visibility, and adjusted daily based on Google search activity in various languages (see Google Trends). This list is not intended as a prediction of the outcome of the conclave or as a judgment on the worthiness of each man. The first number is the rank as calculated on February 27. The second number is the change in rank (if any) between February 21 and 27.

1  SCOLA – AllenPalmoTwitterVaticanYouTube
2  TURKSON +3 – AllenPalmoVaticanYouTube
3  BAGNASCO -1 – AllenPalmoVaticanYouTube
4  TAGLE +2 – AllenPalmoVaticanYouTube
5  RODRÍGUEZ -2 – PalmoVatican
6  BERTONE -2 – PalmoVatican
7  OUELLET – AllenPalmoVaticanYouTube
8  RAVASI +2 – AllenPalmoTwitterVaticanYouTube
9  SANDRI – AllenPalmoVaticanYouTube
10  ERD? +1 – AllenVaticanYouTube
11  CAÑIZARES -3 – PalmoVatican
12  AVIZ +1 – Vatican
13  SCHÖNBORN -1 – AllenPalmoVatican
14  O’MALLEY +7 – AllenPalmoTwitterVatican
15  DOLAN +13 – PalmoTwitterVaticanYouTube
16  ROUCO +4 – PalmoVatican
17  CIPRIANI -3 – BermudezPalmoVatican
18  SCHERER +7 – AllenPalmoTwitterVaticanYouTube
19  VINGT-TROIS -2 – LawlerVatican
20  PENGO -5 – Vatican
21  SEPE -5 – PalmoVatican
22  KOCH +11 – PalmoVatican
23  PELL -5 – PalmoRomeReportsVatican
24  RICARD -5 – PalmoVatican
25  COMASTRI +19 – PalmoVatican

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  • Alex Benedictus says:

    Dear Friars, I haven’t yet seen this ranking. I think so that it is not for avail the wothyness of each one of the Cardinals. I think it is just a curiosity that serves to know what people are thinking or expecting. Just that. But it is interesting too.

    I had seen other similar ranking in a tradicionalist blog, very popular in my country among the Catholics. On that ranking, Cardinal Burk appears at 1st position.

    I personaly find that Cardinal Bertone might be the next Pope. But of course that’s simplely my opion. I don’t know if that’s God’s will.



    • apostolate says:

      Right, primarily the ranking is just a curiosity and the goal is to provide a quick list of links to various candidates/voters. The ranking is helpful, though, just for the sake of starting somewhere. That is, if you can’t study all of them, then who do you concentrate on first? Hopefully the ranking will give at least a rough idea of who will be most influential in the conclave as well as who has the relative chances of being the next Pope.

  • Alex Benedictus says:

    Father, I didn’t mean to criticize. I just meant to say that I agree with you and also adding my opinion about who I think is going to be the next Pope. I have to admit I have a difficulty to express in English. But I have made progress.

    I really liked this post. I thougth it very interesting. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    This is great – very helpful and informative! Thank you for putting this list together!

  • Alex Benedictus says:

    I found out a website that suggest the faithful to choose one of the Cardinals in order to pray for him. I would like to share the link of that website. See


    I saw it on this blog


  • Alex Benedictus says:

    I would like to share some news I read few minutes ago. It’s about the Cardinal Odilo Scherer. They are saying that he is being quoted with great chances to become the next Pope.

    Arch. Scherer: Latin American Cardinal with German roots


    Nome de Odilo Scherer ganha força às vésperas do conclave

    (Odilo Scherer’s name is getting strong on the eve of the conclave)


    I tried to find some news in English but I coudn’t.

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