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Dennis Rodman

I'm Goin' To Meet

The New Pope

3/12/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0311_dennis_rodman_vatican_compositeDennis Rodman -- fresh from his basketball summit in North Korea -- is now setting his sights on fixing those pesky problems plaguing the Catholic Church ... because he's jetting to Rome today in hopes of meeting the new Pope.

Rodman tells TMZ ... his "people" in Rome have been in touch with the muckety mucks at the Vatican and they're trying to arrange a sit-down with the next person to don the big funny hat.

Rodman -- who wants to be there when the white smoke fills the air -- is gambling just a bit, because the Cardinals are voting today and Rodman won't land until late tonight.  But our top Catholic source -- Shevonne -- tells us ... it's unlikely anyone will get the nod on the first vote.

As for what Dennis wants to accomplish ... he tells TMZ, "I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed ... I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world."

Rodman cites his March North Korean excursion -- where he met with leader Kim Jong Un -- as proof he's the right man to hash out a peace plan ... claiming he broke barriers in the DPRK nobody else could.

So we gotta ask ...

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61.

4reallikecomon    

Guarantee you...they wont let this clown no where near the Pope.

485 days ago
62.

Reyna38    

Holy shiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeetttttt this mother fukkka is soo damn ugly..........

485 days ago
63.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

We know that boxing and football cause severe brain damage. Time to add basketball to the list...

485 days ago
64.

cherryvanilla    

It's hard not to love Rodman.

485 days ago
65.

IceGypsy    

What's with this sudden need to get out there and do this stuff? Has Rodman had a visit from 3 Ghosts recently lol

485 days ago
66.

starshine79    

Who the hell cares?

485 days ago
67.

Bagman    

Yea his visit to N Korea ended up so well

485 days ago
68.

Brite    

Ohhh just what the world needs :)
A peirced & tattooed character to run the worlds biggest religion, to represent GOD!

485 days ago
69.

judy jetson    

This guy is crazy. If he steps foot in the Vatican a lightening bolt will probably strike.

485 days ago
70.

sieben13    

Right on Dennis , you are truly certifiable

485 days ago
71.

Waka Waka Waka    

Note to Rodman..Your needed at home..occupation. FATHER...waka waka wakaaa

485 days ago
72.

4reallikecomon    

Im black and i dont understand a damn thing Rodman be saying when he try to talk...

485 days ago
73.

4reallikecomon    

Yeah this guy is an embarrasment to the black race....i

485 days ago
74.

ChitownCletus    

WOW, this guy sounds like he has been hanging out with Gary Busey

485 days ago
75.

CloBird    

Rodman won't be able to see any of the bishops or cardinals for a meeting, much less the pope. I am a Catholic; in order to see the pope, one must be a cleric, nun, high-ranking laity, or laity that is part of an organization--all of which have made APPOINTMENTS. The only people who see the pope without an appointment are those who live and work at the Vatican. This is what I learned from a priest who had lived in Vatican City and who frequently saw the pope.

Rodman is just looking for publicity and he will find Vatican officials not amused by his antics.

485 days ago
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