This is the second stop on Rodman’s bizarre global tour that started with a trip to North Korea last month where the Hall of Famer met with Kim Jong Un.
He said that while the times certainly dictate what is needed in the leader of the Catholic church, there are what he called “five basic qualities” that they should look for.
Black smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signaling that a decision had not yet been made. The conclave will resume on Wednesday.
While there is no clear front-runner, among the names being mentioned as a papal contender is New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cardinal Dolan and 114 other princes of the Church will enter the world-famous Sistine Chapel, which has been transformed into a papal polling place.
Roman Catholic cardinals have voted to begin their conclave next Tuesday, leaving the weekend and Monday to chit-chat, schmooze, think and pray about the papal election.
The cardinals will continue pre-conclave discussions on Saturday and Monday. They will take Sunday off to celebrate Mass at churches across Rome.
The Sistine Chapel was closed Tuesday as the Vatican prepared to elect a new pope. But not all the cardinals who will vote have arrived in Rome.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among 103 of the 115 electors who arrived at the Vatican Monday morning, while the other dozen are en route.
The papal succession process will start on Monday. That’s when cardinals will gather in Rome for formal meetings to set a conclave date to elect the next pope.
Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square and thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.
An ancient institution is being challenged by an uncertain situation — the historic resignation of a pope, a man even his critics concede is blessed by a tremendous intellect.
Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.
Does New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan have a serious chance at becoming pope? He usually makes a joke when asked, but a leading Italian newspaper is taking Dolan’s papal prospects seriously.
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.
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