NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Timothy Cardinal Dolan left for the Vatican Tuesday, where he will take in his first conclave as concerns continue to mount about potential conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope.
As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported, Dolan left his Midtown residence Tuesday afternoon. He was to head immediately to the Vatican in Rome.
Once there, Dolan will join the conclave of 115 cardinals under the age of 80, charged with selecting a new world leader of the Roman Catholic faith.
“I hope to get to Rome in time for the audience — his last audience – just to go,” Dolan said. “And then Thursday will be with him for a while, and that I look forward to, and that will drive it home because literally we will say goodbye.”
Dolan’s trip comes within hours of the Vatican announcing a new name and position for Pope Benedict XVI, the first pope to retire in 600 years.
He will be known as “Pope Emeritus” or “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” in his retirement, and will continue to wear the white cassock associated with the papacy. But he will not wear the elbow-length cape or the red papal shoes, reflecting the 85-year-old pontiff’s abdication and the naming of a new pope after a period of daily discussion and prayer.