“The last two Popes were elected at 78 and 76 [years old],” Allen said. “Dolan is only 63 which means this might not be his last bite at the apple.”
So what was it like to have been in the room with the new Pope when the final vote total was announced?
“Maybe a Pope who is a little bit younger, I think would be a great fit,” St. Louisan John Walter said.
“He’s never had, as far as I know, any desire to climb, to grow in importance in the church. He just really is interested in people,” John Johnson said.
“In this Year of Faith, we pray for the Holy Father and offer him our fraternal support. We have been blessed by his leadership..”
While there has not been an American pope in the papacy’s history, the popularity and personality of St. Louisan Dolan has led many to consider the possibility.
A public visitation is planned for Thursday, January 24th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis.
“When did the government get in the business of defining for us the extent of our ministry?” Dolan asked earlier this year.
Cardinal Dolan’s comments come following President Obama’s mandate that religiously affiliated hospitals and universities cover birth control in their insurance plans.
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