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New York cardinal embraces the conclave process

VATICAN CITY — The cavernous nave of St. Peter’s Basilica was nearly empty when Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan arrived Sunday morning, shortly after dawn, a fading moon still hanging in the sky, and red streaks of sunlight illuminating the facade.

Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is a morning person — most days, he likes to get up at 5 and walk or exercise before his morning prayers — and on this last quiet day before the process of selecting a new pope begins Monday, he was raring to go: to celebrate a Mass, to start the day, to begin the conclave.

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