â€œYou always look for somebody that reminds you of Jesus,â€ Dolan said, explaining heâ€™ll weigh-in on Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s successor after the 85-year-old religious leader retires on Thursday.
â€œYou look for somebody who just seems to radiate the love, the tenderness, the mercy, the truth of Jesus Christ,â€ Dolan said.
To prepare for the big decision, Dolan said he has turned to the man upstairs for some guidance.
â€œYou got to believe me â€” Iâ€™m doing a lot of praying. The more this passes, Iâ€™m reminded about the awesome responsibility,â€ he said.
Dolan will fly to Rome in two days and soon after he will meet with a conclave of cardinals in order to elect the man who will lead the worldâ€™s 1.2 billion Catholics.
His trip comes after Benedict this morning promised thousands of followers heâ€™s not abandoning the church during his final Sunday blessing â€” amid allegations that a gay sex scandal triggered his resignation.
Benedict claimed heâ€™s leaving the position on Thursday because heâ€™s not mentally and physically strong enough to keep it. [more]