Updated 02/26/2013 12:29 PM
Dolan Begins Journey To Rome For Selection Of New Pope
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan is heading to the Vatican today to take part in the conclave that will elect a new Pope.
Pope Benedict XVI resigns in just two days.
The Vatican says he will be called Emeritus Pope upon his retirement and will continue to wear white.
He's set to make his final public appearance Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
Before leaving for the Vatican, Dolan chimed in on speculation that he could be the next Pope.
"Yeah, I'm eager to get to Rome. A lot going on. I'm eager to say goodbye and give my love and gratitude and prayers to the holy father on behalf of myself and of the Archdiocese of New York and then get to the work of the conclave then get back home," said Dolan. "Listen, I think I got a better chance of taking A-Rod's place than I do of Benedict XVI."
Cardinal Dolan also addressed the resignation of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict yesterday.
O'Brien is denying charges of inappropriate behavior with priests.
"Right now all I hear is this speculation and opinions and kind of gossip and whispers so I'm as eager as the rest of you to know what's going on and I presume that will too will be part of the solicitude and concern and reflections of the cardinals and the new pope," Dolan said.
NY1 is traveling to Rome for the papal conclave and will be filing reports beginning Sunday.