NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new Pope could be selected within the next month, Vatican officials announced over the weekend.
A new Pope could be named before March 15 if the church waives the mourning period, since Pope Benedict XVI is alive and resigning, according to church officials.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be among the Catholic officials at the conclave to elect a new head of the church.
Following regular Mass Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a churchgoer named Cheryl Zuczek on Kennett Square, Pennsylvania said she is looking forward to new church leadership.
“Well, I would rather that they move it up then us be in limbo with no Pope and I’m hoping that they get a younger Pope that is more in touch with what is going on in the world,” Zuczek told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.
Dolan said he is eager to hear instructions.
“I would think one would not want to rush into the conclave so I guess the important thing is for us to be there, to express our love and our best wishes to Pope Benedict, to pray together and then to make these decisions,” Cardinal Dolan said.