FATHER Dougal has said he is “excited” after a Facebook campaign has been launched to elect him the new Pope.

FATHER Dougal has said he is “excited” after a Facebook campaign has been launched to elect him the new Pope.

The ditzy telly priest came out of hiding on Craggy Island after 15 years to tell The Sun what he thought about the online bid.

He said: “This is great! Obviously very excited. Had no idea I was in the running, to be honest. If I am made Pope the first thing I will do is make Sunday a recognised day of worship. Hurray!”

Since the campaign was launched in February, over 17,000 people have joined the movement.

One fan wrote: “Finally a good man for the job.”

Father Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon) and his pal Father Ted (Dermot Morgan)’s adventures were documented on Channel 4 from 1995 – 1998 in much-loved comedy Father Ted.

The world is still waiting for a new Pope today — after the latest round of voting ended in deadlock.

Black smoke billowed from a Vatican chimney this morning to show that 115 top cardinals had still not chosen.

Cardinals have voted twice today in Michelangelo’s famed frescoed Sistine Chapel and are being balloted four times daily until a candidate gets 77 votes — a two-thirds majority.

Pope Benedict, 85, unexpectedly quit last month.

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