Our pal Robert Kovacik didn’t think he’d be back in Europe so soon after covering the 2012 Summer Olympics for NBC Southern California. But sure enough, he jetted to Rome over the weekend to keep tabs on the papal conclave.

“I don’t plan on ever coming home,” he agrees when told how much FishbowlLA envies him for being camped out in la bella Roma. “I am hoping this is a three-year conclave – like the one in 1268.”

Kovacik is one of a number of SoCal reporters on location for the big event. Others include Chip Yost (KTLA), Steve Futterman (CBS News west coast correspondent) and Cathleen Falsani (the Orange County Register’s newly hired spirituality columnist).

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