Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Mass With Pope Benedict XVI, Thanks Pilgrims

VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork) — New York’s new cardinal spent Sunday celebrating Mass with Pope Benedict XVI and celebrating with pilgrims who made the trip for his elevation.

“That’s what your prayers do for me. They hold me up, they bolster me, to see all of you means the world. It’s the greatest gift of all,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan, thanking the pilgrims who accompanied him to Rome.

Dolan was in a relaxed mood after the majestic formality of a Papal Mass at the Basilica of St. Peter, sharing a toast with a table of Italians who just happened to be nearby.

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The pope was joined by Dolan and the other new cardinals along with thousands of worshipers gathered around the main altar.

Cardinal Dolan surprised his nieces Erin and Shannon by arranging for them to bring Communion gifts to the Pontiff.

“I found out last night, at dinner. Uncle Tim told me. I was so grateful, it was just unbelievable,” said Shannon Williams, Dolan’s niece.

“And knowing Erin was carrying a baby in her womb, I don’t think I teared up until I saw them go up to the Holy Father. And when I saw my brother-in-law Fred who’s battling cancer big time, receive Communion from the Pope, that drove it all home,” Dolan told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

Stories last week in the Italian Press painted Pope Benedict XVI as not fully in charge of the Church, and buffeted by infighting among powerful cardinals.

“Since the early days of the Acts of the Apostles, the early Church, we’ve always had our share of scandals and sin, and you just keep going through the grace and mercy of God,” Dolan said.

As the consistory weekend comes to a close, there is a sense at the Vatican that the pope has in Cardinal Dolan a media-friendly ally, skilled in using humor in the defense of the Church.

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  • Rodin

    Not goodbye..

  • Rodin

    His Fatitude grows while in Rome and not just in stature!

    New cardinal’s ring is too tight after pasta indulgence during Vatican trip
    Tight ring makes him vow: Basta la pasta

    Check it out in the Post

    I hear pasts and Jameson are a Cardinal match.

    • Bill

      What are you drunk today, idiot?? Not making too much sense there fella! Need to work on the Italian grammer…(Enough the Pasta? not making too much sense). Stick to the Atheist quotes, would you Rotting…..

      • Rodin

        Tell it to The Post, Guglielmo. It’s copy/paste. You think your last sentence ( ….) makes any sense?

        “Say anything that you like about me except that I drink water.’ ~ W.C. Fields

      • Bill

        Hey Rotting, ANY one that has read the horsesh$% that you write totally understands that last line…. That all you do is cut & paste and “quote” other people. What a bore you must be!!!!!

        • Lisa from Queens

          Excellent Bill!! I know what you meant and agree 100% with what you. This guy is a fool and nobody really pays attention to him :)

          • Rodin

            “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.” – Dorothy Parker

            I’ve spent a lifetime of reading and study. What have you two been doing?

            Books are not just for adorning coffee tables. My readings inform my life. I read and reread. Where would essayists, authors of all stripes, critics, editorialists, commentators, reporters, historians, biographers, satirists, educators, scientists, jurists, politicians, preachers, et al be without quotes?

            Quotes reaffirm, provide weight and authority I don’t have on my own and are an admission that there are those who express my thoughts better than I ever could and that I’m not as gifted as you two.

            I copy and paste from my own choice collection, gleaned over many years, which constantly grows

            Do I expect an anti-intellectual, anti- science, anti-knowledge, historically amnesiac, inane America bred on “reality” shows, idols, dancing stars and snippets passing for news to understand? Not really. But it’s great mental gymnastics for me. And great fun.

            Thanks for the laughs!

            “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky
            24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996), was a Russian poet and essayist;
            1987 Nobel Prize in Literature; American Poet Laureate in 1991.

            • Bill

              Like I said, you MUST be a real bore…… read, re-read, re-re-read…. oh brother…… way too much time on your hands…. as far as “thanks for the laughs”… you want to really laugh, go take a shower and look down…. and try not to make yourself sound like a Harvard professor. I have an MBA from New York University, have 2 kids in NYC Private Schools, 2 cars and 2 homes…. I DON”T LIKE ATHIESTS!!!! I think that people like you POISON this Earth….. Go read and spend your day on posting boards like this… I have a Power Point presentation to finish. Idiot!

              • Rodin

                “Like I said, you MUST be a real bore…… read, re-read, re-re-read….” Jerry Springer turn you on?

                You don’t like Atheists? Typical. Can’t stand a challenge you can’t respond to, rationally?.

                Poison? Hitchens’ subtitle to “God Is Not Great”: How Religion Poisons Everything.

                I have to go to sleep.

            • Lisa from Queens

              OH BROTHER….. we have a real genius here….. Ciao.

              • Rodin


            • Louis from NYC

              Being that you seem so very fond of quotes, here’s one for you:
              Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing~ Benjamin Franklin

              • Rodin

                Glad to see there’s someone with some brains and education in this thread, a rare find indeed. The rest must be Catholics. Thank you. I’ll check it out. I’m a visual type. If reading my quotes isn’t worth it, then pity you.

                • Louis from NYC

                  Actually, you must have misunderstood me… I directed this to YOU personally and hate to break this to you also, I am Catholic… Sorry to burst your bubble. :)

                  • Rodin

                    I’m sorry…..on second thought, I’ve had enough of this Godless crap. Tomorrow I am inquiring about being baptised in the Catholic Church.. Thank you ALL!!

                    • Rodin


                  • Rodin

                    Too bad. My mistake, I’m so sorry for you.

                    • Rodin


                      @ Louis from NYC
                      Too bad. My mistake, Catholic? I’m so sorry for you. I was one of them too.

                • Mario

                  Hey Rodin, Sine you love quotes, here’s another one for you. It’s in Italian, so you will need to work for it’s meaning….. I think you’ll understand why it’s perfect for you…. from Rodin(I mean Mario) by the way, not nice badmouthing Catholics!!

                  • Mario

                    Ride bene chi ride l’ultimo…………..

                    • Rodin

                      I can recite the entire Mass in Latin, the Hail Mary and the Our Father Jesuit educated, 4 years of Latin, 2 of Greek. It has served me well. The Jevies taught me to question and doubt. I can never thank them enough. It has served me well.

                      The laugh’s on you.

                      THIS IS SO FUN!

                    • Rodin

                      Well I believe this means “He who laughs, laughs best”. This may or may not be true. I just took my pill now, so I am a bit sleepy. Good night all..

                    • Rodin

                      I was at the Last Supper with Jesus Christ himself, so I can badmouth anyone I want. I’m Rodin, the smartest Athiest in the World.. I have more books in my library than anyone… I’m Rodin, understand??!!!

                    • Rodin

                      Nighty night Rodin….. this could be more fun than you think!!

                    • Rodin

                      Do you really THINK that you are that much smarter than everyone?? or just have a lot more free time on your hands?

                  • Rodin


                    • Rodin

                      sequenti tempore………

  • Bunny

    Why are there Cardinals in the Catholic church ? Most are way to old to become Pope anywhy ?

  • chas

    Oh he knows and supports the abuse of children. Otherwise he would turn those priest into the proper authorities and use the church’s money to settle with victims
    and not taxpayer money like in Ireland.
    Shame on them all. So glad I let that faith

  • XCOP

    Does the Pope know Dolan supports men interested in other mens rectums

    • Rodin

      G’night. G’bye.

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