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Cardinal Dolan preps for Rome, dispels ‘next Pope’ rumors

Posted at 10:45 AM, Feb 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-26 15:46:52-05

Two days before Pope Benedict’s historic resignation, Cardinal Dolan is gearing up to head to Rome to begin the process of electing a new Pontiff.

On Monday, Pope Benedict changed the rules allowing the College of Cardinals to move up the date to start the conclave, earlier than the fifteen day mourning period that usually occurs after a Pope’s death.

However, there is no start date as the Pope is leaving that up to the Cardinals themselves.

Cardinal Dolan told PIX11 Tuesday, that picking a date to start the Conclave will be one of the first orders of business when the 115 Cardinals get together this Friday.

Since Benedict’s announcement two weeks ago, there have been bombshell rumors plaguing the Vatican surrounding sex abuse cases and reports that Pope Benedict knew about them.

On Monday, Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’brien resigned ahead of the Conclave – the first in the history of the Vatican to not attend a conclave because of a personal scandal.

“Right now all I hear is speculation and opinions, gossips and whispers, and I am eager to know what is going on,”  says Dolan.

As for the fact that he has been named a favorite to be named the next Pope, he shrugged off those ideas.

“I have a better chance of taking Arods spot on third base than taking Pope Benedict XVI’s seat.”