Rodman at Vatican, Hawking Gambling Site

He predicts next pope will be black

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2013 12:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Globe-trotting ambassador Dennis Rodman has arrived in Vatican City as promised, though his main goal isn't very saint-like. He's pushing Irish gambling site Paddy Power, reports CBS News. As part of the gambit, Rodman says he intends to meet the next pope and predicts it will be a black cardinal, specifically Peter Turkson, though AP tweaks him for not being too familiar with the candidate. "From Africa, right?" Rodman asks. (In fairness to Rodman, AP is running several photographs of Turkson incorrectly identifying him as from Nigeria; it's actually Ghana.)

Before he left for Rome, Rodman explained his modest goals to TMZ: "I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed," he said. "I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world."

Dennis Rodman walks by the Bernini Colonnade near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday.
Dennis Rodman walks by the Bernini Colonnade near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Dennis Rodman walks by the Bernini Colonnade near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday.
Dennis Rodman walks by the Bernini Colonnade near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, right, takes an oath of secrecy inside the Sistine Chapel Tuesday.
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, right, takes an oath of secrecy inside the Sistine Chapel Tuesday.   (AP Photo/CTV via APTV)
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