When Will the New Pope Be Elected? Thursday, According to Dolan

When Will the New Pope Be Elected? Thursday, According to Dolan

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the church will have a new pope by Thursday.

"My guess is that we'd have a new Successor of St. Peter by Thursday evening, with a hoped-for inaugural Mass on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, the patron of the Church Universal, a holiday, and Father's Day here in Italy," Dolan wrote to his priests n New York — according to ABC News.

The Papal Conclave 2013 started today as 115 cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel for the first round of voting — which Dolan described as "a beautiful process." "The closer you get, the more you get settled in your mind. And there's a sense of resignation and conformity with God's plan. It's magnificent," he said.