God is Argentine, as Argentines are fond of saying. Now, so is the pope. Next month, Argentina will also have a queen when Máxima Zorreguieta is crowned alongside her husband, Prince Willem of Holland.

Then there’s Lionel Messi – the closest thing to divinity on earth for football worshippers (and better, some say, than even Mr Hand of God himself, Diego Maradona). Read more

The election of the new pope is supposed to be a largely spiritual event, but it does have its material benefits, especially for the sellers of souvenirs and for the people who live in the new pope’s home town.

In the foothills of the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland, Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, who served as Pope John Paul II, is still earning a decent return from its native son. Read more

Will the next pope come from the developing world?

The bookies seem to think the odds are good. Within hours of Pope Benedict XVI’s shock abdication, major bookmakers started placing odds on his successor, with cardinals from Ghana and Nigeria among the early favourites. Read more