ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Mike Bush is just hours away from heading to Rome to cover the papal conclave for NewsChannel 5.
We're fortunate to have a really unique perspective for our viewers, and access to some very high-profile Cardinals.
In Italy and for many of us in St. Louis, there's a lot of talk about Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
The general wisdom is that an American could never be pope because it would upset the global balance of power, placing great spiritual power into the hands of a citizen of the world's only superpower.
Cardinal Dolan however has good credentials, he's very popular amongst the other Cardinals, and he's been critical of President Obama over funding of contraceptives and abortion. He's willing to stand up for catholic beliefs.
It's still a long shot, but if a boy from St. Louis were to become Pope it would certainly be one of the biggest stories in St. Louis history.
NewsChannel 5 coverage from Rome will begin this weekend.