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Hattiesburg priest keeps watchful eye on conclave to select pope

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

As the 115 cardinals are sealed away in secrecy to select the next pope, Father Tommy Conway of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg is keeping a watchful eye to the Vatican.

He says he feels Pope Benedict's decision to step down was the right one for his health. He says the conclave is a time of prayer and time for the cardinals to decide who God wants to lead the catholic church.

Father Tommy added no matter who the next pope is, he will face many challenges.

"I think you know there are a lot of issues to be dealt with. I think that dealing will all the abuse cases over the last few years took a toll on Benedict, 16. I think we have to deal with that not just today, but everyday of our lives. That's something we have to deal with inside the church and outside the church," said Conway.

Father Tommy says he has no preference, he just wants someone will work for the good of the church.

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