Friends, relatives of Dolan watching Vatican for conclave

Friends, relatives of Dolan watching Vatican for conclave

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Time Magazine Rick Stengel attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 7:03 AM

BALLWIN, Mo. -- He is still seen as a longshot, but Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s friends and relatives in the St. Louis area are watching closely as the process of choosing a new pope begins.


Click here to follow Chris Nagus' coverage of the conclave in Rome


Dolan is among 115 cardinal electors at the Vatican to select the next pope. Some experts say Dolan himself is an unlikely choice because he’s American and because he was elevated to cardinal just 13 months ago.

Dolan grew up in a ranch house in Ballwin, a St. Louis suburb. His younger sister, Debbie Williams, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that none of the relatives are surprised by Dolan’s success.

Three of Dolan’s four siblings live in the St. Louis region, as does his mother. His late father was a production foreman at McDonnell Douglas.

 

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