VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork) – Members of the Catholic Church worldwide spent this Sunday worshipping, before cardinals from around the world begin meeting to elect a new pope.
As CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reported, Sunday was the final day for the princes of the Church to press the flesh with parishioners, ahead of the conclave Tuesday. And it was a day tailor-made for Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
Dolan arrived like a rock star — wowing the crowd, mobbed by fans, photographers and reporters.
“I’m anxious to get going,” Dolan said. “Tuesday will be great.”
Each cardinal is assigned a Roman church for the pre-conclave mass. Cardinal Dolan’s titular, or honorary, church in Rome is Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monte Marino.
Trumpets welcomed Dolan to his honorary parish in Rome.
It was standing-room only inside the modest church, with an overflow crowd standing outside, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
“I see him often when he comes here but to see him with the people is a sight all to itself,” a New York seminarian told Papa.
Dolan celebrated the Mass in Italian and delivered a well-received homily in the native language.
Outside, Dolan asked for guidance in the conclave.