Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Predicts New Pope By Thursday as First Vote Nears





The Catholic Church's cardinals prepared to lock themselves in the Sistine Chapel today to select a new pope as New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan predicted the church will have a new leader by Thursday.

"My guess is that we'd have a new Successor of St. Peter by Thursday evening, with a hoped-for inaugural Mass on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, the patron of the Church Universal, a holiday, and Father's Day here in Italy," Dolan wrote to his priests n New York. The diocese spokesman confirmed the letter to ABC News.

A new pope could be elected as early as today as the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the conclave that will select the next pontiff.


By MATTHEW JAFFE

VATICAN CITY

March 12, 2013