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Cardinal Dolan says conclave will be brief

'We will move quickly' says New York Archbishop

Cardinal Dolan says conclave will be brief

Rome, March 4 - New York Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan said Monday that the conclave to elect a new pope will be brief. Dolan, who is among the cardinals in Rome for pre-conclave meetings known as general congregations, told Italian daily Corriere della Sera that "we will move quickly". The congregation meetings are an opportunity for cardinals to discuss the state of the Church and to get to know their colleagues before voting for a new pope in the conclave. "Our work this week will be very important," he said. "I want to speak with all of my fellow cardinals. I want to meet all of them, I want to understand them better. Many of them I only know from the books they've written". A date for the conclave has yet to be announced, though the Church is expected to speed up the process in order to install a pope in time for Holy Week later this month. Dolan, considered a longshot candidate for pope, brushed off the possibility. "Certainly an important job awaits me, but in New York," he said.

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