Former Milwaukee Archbishop Leaves for Conclave In Rome

Timothy Cardinal Dolan hopes to personally meet with Benedict


by Michele McCormack

NEW YORK-Former Milwaukee Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York left for Rome Tuesday night.

The cardinal left his midtown Manhattan residence and headed immediately to the airport bound for the Vatican in Rome.

He'll join the conclave of 115 Cardinals under the age of 80 charged with selecting the new world leader of the Catholic Church.

"I hope to get to Rome in time for his last audience," Cardinal Dolan said of Benedict, "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."

Cardinal Dolan's trip comes within hours of the Vatican announcing a new name and position for Pope Benedict the 16Th.

He'll now be known as "Pope Emeritus" or "Your holiness, Benedict the 16Th."

He will continue to wear the long white robe associated with the papacy, but without the elbow length cape or the red papal shoes.


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