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Dennis Rodman heads to Vatican, wants to meet with new pope

Dennis Rodman, George Stephanopoulos

In this photo made available by ABC Television on Monday, March 4, 2013, ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, left, interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman in studio in New York March 3, 2013, about his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In response to Rodman’s comments White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that North Korea’s government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on “celebrity sporting events” to entertain the country’s elite. Rodman watched a basketball game with Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/ABC Television, Lorenzo Bevilacqua)


Dennis Rodman, international ambassador?

Apparently, that’s how he pictures himself. Fresh off a trip to North Korea — where he looked the fool upon his return singing the praises of Kim Jung Un to anyone who would listen — he now plans to go to the Vatican and meet with the new Pope. Once they vote a bunch of times and figure out who that will be.

Rodman told his plans to TMZ. Of course.

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.

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.”

Peace and love. So Dennis Rodman is the new Joan Baez, just with a few more piercings? Of course, during his playing days peace and love were the cornerstones of Rodman’s game, what we all remember him for, so this is just a natural extension.

I would like to tell you this is the last of Rodman’s overseas adventures, but I think we all know better.