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De Blasio, Dolan Discuss Goals For NYC

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Jan. 13, 2014. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Jan. 13, 2014. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan shared their common goals for New York City on Monday.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, de Blasio and Dolan met for 45 minutes at the cardinal’s residence behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown.

“My predecessors have enjoyed a great working relationship with his predecessors, and we want that history to continue,” Dolan said. “My only beef is that he ate all the cookies. I had some Italian cookies for him.”

De Blasio praised the charitable works of the Catholic church.

“We have tremendous common ground on issues like affordable housing, helping those in need through Catholic charities and so many other good works that are done by the church,” de Blasio said.

Standing before a portrait of Pope Francis, both men said they’d love a New York City visit from the pontiff and agreed to work together toward that goal.

De Blasio described the pope as “the most powerful voice on this earth on how to address inequality.”

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