New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan announced this morning that he is one of 22 prelates being elevated to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.
Cardinals act as the pope’s key advisors, who will eventually choose his successor.
Dolan, 61, is the eighth archbishop of New York to be named a cardinal.
Speaking after this morning’s mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan said he is “honored and humbled” and congratulated the community in New York for also being recognized by the pope.
“It’s almost as if Pope Benedict XVI is putting the red hat of the cardinal on top of the Empire State Building, or upon the Statue of Liberty or home plate at Yankee Stadium, on the spires of this great St. Patrick’s Cathedral or any of our wonderful parish churches,” Dolan said.
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