Archbishop Timothy Dolan One of 22 New Cardinals Named by Pope Benedict XVI

New York Post
January 6, 2012

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrates mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Friday.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was named a cardinal today by the Vatican, an announcement that he called a "privilege" and a message from Rome that the city remains an important part of the Catholic Church.

The announcement was made following an Epiphany Mass that ends the Vatican's Christmas holiday celebrations.

Dolan, 61, said he learned of the pope's decision on Thursday from the Vatican's ambassador in Washington.

"I called mom last night. She said, 'It's about time,'" Dolan said after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Cardinals are the pope's top advisers, men who will eventually elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor.

"Over the Christmas holy days, I finished a new biography of President Kennedy and I recalled his reply to someone who sincerely congratulated him on the honor of the presidency. 'Thank you,' John Kennedy replied, 'but I don't look at it so much as an honor, but as a call to higher service,'" said Dolan. "Well everybody, those are my sentiments exactly.

"This is not about privilege, change of colors, hats, new clothes, places of honor or a different title. No, Jesus warned us about all that stuff. No, this is about an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated Archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy Archbishop to serve Jesus, His church universal, His vicar on earth and His people better.

Of the 22, 18 are under the age of 80 raising to 125 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. Cardinals over 80 are not allowed to vote on the next pope.

"It's as if Pope Benedict is putting the red hat on top of the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty, or on home plate at Yankee Stadium," Dolan said.

Other new cardinals come from Berlin, Prague and Toronto.

The pope named 16 Europeans as cardinals, including seven Italians. He also named Joao Braz de Aviz, a Brazilian who heads the Vatican office for religious life; John Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong; and George Alencherry, archbishop of the Syro-Malabar church in India.

They will be formally appointed at a conference of cardinals known as a consistory to be held at the Vatican on Feb. 18.

San Gilliam, 37, who regualrly prays at St, Patrick's Cathedral, said, "I think its great. He has a personable touch on all around him. I don't feel judged in his presence. That's what's great about him."

Below is a list of the 18 new cardinals:

Timothy Dolan, (United States) Archbishop of New York

Edwin O'Brien, (United States), Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Fernando Filoni, (Italian), Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

Manuel Monteiro de Castro, (Portuguese), Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

Santos Abril y Castello, (Spanish), Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

Antonio Maria Veglio, (Italian), President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees

Giuseppe Bertello, (Italian), President of the Government of the Vatican City State

Francesco Coccopalmerio, (Italian), President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

João Braz de Aviz, (Brazil), Prefect of the Congregation for Religious

Domenico Calcagno, (Italian), President of the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See

Giuseppe Versaldi, (Italian), President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See

George Alencherry, (Indian), Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church in India

Thomas Collins, (Canadian), Archbishop of Toronto

Dominik Duka, (Czech), Archbishop of Prague

Wim Eijk, (Dutch), Archbishop of Utrecht

Giuseppe Bettori, (Italian), Archbishop of Florence

Thomas Woelki, (German), Archbishop of Berlin

John Tong Hon, (Chinese), Bishop of Hong Kong


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