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After the 'success' of his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, former basketball star Dennis Rodman says that he will rush to see the new Pope after the conclave, which starts today.
The former Chicago Bulls player told TMZ that he has “people” in Rome who are talking with the Vatican to get him an audience with the new Pope. Rodman is already on his way to Rome and is set to land tonight, anticipating that the conclave will be short.
“I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed,” Rodman told TMZ. “I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.”
Rodman showed off his diplomatic skills late last month when he became the first high-profile American to meet with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. On his way back, he called Kim “really awesome” and he followed that up with a really strange interview on ABC’s This Week.
It should be noted that since Rodman left North Korea, tensions in the region have never been higher. North Korea threatened a preemptive nuclear strike if the U.N. passed new sanctions, which it did.
Hopefully, Rodman’s trip to the Vatican will have a better result. We can’t wait to see the photo of him shaking the Pope’s hand.