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Former Milwaukee archbishop in Rome for Conclave; may get papal consideration


UNDATED (WSAU)   The world’s Catholic cardinals have reportedly narrowed their list of possibilities for the new pope – and former Milwaukee Archbishop Tim Dolan is one of those names. But unlike some candidates, Dolan does not have Vatican experience. He admits having weak language skills in Italian – and that could be a big disadvantage, since the day-to-day administration of the Vatican is done in Italian.

Still, the A-P says Dolan and Sean O’Malley of Boston are among the focus of the voting cardinals.

Cardinals Odilo Scherer of Brazil and Angelo Scola of Milan Italy are also on the rumor list. Scola heads the Archdiocese of Milan – and he used to serve in Venice, where several previous popes have come from.

Over 100 cardinals, including Dolan and Wisconsin natives James Harvey and Raymond Burke, are in the final day of talks before the voting begins tomorrow. The new pope needs 77 votes. And if the leading candidates don’t get them, the A-P says a host of surprise names could come forward to replace the retiring Pope Benedict.

Dolan served as Milwaukee’s archbishop for seven years before becoming the Archbishop of New York in 2009. He became a cardinal early last year.