VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been elevated to cardinal.

“It’s a great day for all of New York,” said a jubilant Dolan at the North American College in Rome following Saturday’s ceremony at the Vatican. “This is the hat I want to put on the Empire State Building and the home plate at Yankee stadium and the Statue of Liberty because it’s for all of New York, it’s not for me.”

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Dolan was one of 22 new cardinals elevated by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday.

Approaching the most solemn honor of his life, Dolan’s essential nature could not be contained. He waved, gave thumbs up and smiled broadly as he greeted fellow priests and bishops of the Catholic church.

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Before taking his seat, he looked around the magnificent basilica and then spotted some of his family members, giving them an enthusiastic wave.

Benedict was wheeled into St. Peter’s Basilica aboard the moving platform he has been using for several months to spare him the long walk down the center aisle. Benedict, who turns 85 in April, spoke in a strong voice as he told the cardinals they will be called upon to advise him on the problems facing the church.

In remarks at the start of the service, Benedict recalled that the red color of the three-pointed hat, or biretta, and the scarlet cassock that cardinals wear symbolizes the blood that cardinals must be willing to shed to remain faithful to the church.

“The new cardinals are entrusted with the service of love: love for God, love for his church, an absolute and unconditional love for his brothers and sisters even unto shedding their blood, if necessary,” Benedict said.

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Dolan smiled as he approached the pope to receive his skullcap, biretta and ring, a day after he got a heartfelt papal thumbs-up for his animated speech to cardinals about spreading the faith.

Benedict termed Dolan’s remarks Friday “enthusiastic, joyful and profound,” according to a Vatican summary of the closed-door meeting.

At the end of his remarks, Benedict said: “And pray for me, that I may continually offer to the people of God the witness of sound doctrine and guide holy church with a firm and humble hand.”

Dolan’s sister-in-law Beth pumped her fist in the air as the he thanked the pontiff for the high honor.

Following the ceremony, Dolan spoke with reporters about his moment with pope during the ceremony.

“He thanked me again for yesterday which meant a lot,” Dolan said. “He did have a little trouble getting the ring on my finger which was a little embarrassing.”

But the newly appointed cardinal said he hasn’t forgotten the meaning behind the title.

“It’s all about humility and it’s all about service and love and staying close to God and his people,” he said. “It’s not about power and prestige.”

As of Saturday, Italy will have 30 cardinals out of the 125 under age 80. Only the United States comes close with 12, including Dolan and Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the former archbishop of Baltimore who is now grand master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which raises money for the church in the Holy Land.

Meanwhile, the staff at the seat of the New York Archdiocese has been hard at work revamping the cathedral to reflect the Cardinal’s new title.

Workers spent Friday changing the color of the Bishop’s throne, which sits on the altar, as well as the color of carpeting around the throne itself from green to red. Red reflects the Cardinal’s new status.

Also, Cardinal Dolan’s new coat of arms was revealed. The galero, which is the hat at the top, changes from green to red.

Another row of tassels has been added to either side, again a reflection of his new title.

The cathedral’s master of ceremonies Joseph Tyrrell explained the significance of the changes.

“Red is used liturgically for Catholics for feasts of martyrs and for the Holy Spirit. So if you’re becoming a cardinal, you’re getting ready to shed your blood,” he said.

But before Dolan returns home, he’ll have several more events to attend in Rome.

After a reception at Pontifical North American College, the new cardinals will receive family and friends at the Vatican.

Sunday at St Peter’s, there will be a papal Mass of thanksgiving and a papal blessing.

Then on Monday, Cardinal Dolan will be made available to the media. He’ll celebrate Mass and then the party will have a farewell dinner.

Finally on Tuesday, Dolan and company will fly back to New York City.

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Comments (18)
  1. Patrick Delaney says:

    thank you for the coverage of Cardinal Dolan. The other two TV Channels didnot do the job you did.

  2. Married with Children and a proud Catholic.. says:

    Boy, we’ve got some really bitter old “queens” here…. Sad, life without faith, just a “lifestyle”… Stop judging if you DON’T want to be judged.. Understand??

    1. Rodin says:

      Statements of fact are not “judgements.” Live your fantasies and denials but don’t impose them on me.

      “People seem to be offended by facts, or what used to be called truth.” ~ FRANCIS BACON

      1. Married....... says:

        Whatever!!! I’d be bitter too if I were you!

        1. Rodin says:

          You’re textbook classic: assumptions without knowledge.

          I lost gØd and the fear of death; found peace of mind, tolerance, self-determination, self-reliance, self-respect, accountability and responsibility for my deeds, good or bad. I’m content, if not happy (another illusion). What’s there to be bitter about?

          1. Married..... says:

            I have news for YOU Mr. you are absolutely textbook classic. I won’t get into how very transparent you are and the obvious reasons WHY you are so against the Catholic Church.. Believe me, that is so apparent when one reads what you write. I tell you one thing, guys like you are so anti-God now, but when tragedy strikes or you’re waiting for those results of an MRI or PET Scan and what a positive reading can mean or when a dear loved one passes and you want some peace in your heart to now that they’re resting well “up there”, don’t tell me that you won’t turn to the same God that you’ve spent your life dismissing, and pray for some hope, guidance or whatever will help at that time. Don’t badmouth a faith that others devote their lives to, just because YOUR lifestyle isn’t accepted enough to your liking. Go spew your venom on Islam or Buddism, maybe they’ll back down to your typical Chelsea mentality!! Now that I said that, I’m getting my family ready to go to mass… I’ll pray for people like you!!

            1. Rodin says:

              Back from Mass? Did you pray for me?

              “Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” ~ BILL GATES

              CUT TO YOUR BLATHER:

              ” I won’t get into how very transparent you are and the obvious reasons….”
              You don’t know them is why, but I am. Apparent? I would insist on obvious.

              “Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.” ~ AMBROSE BIERCE

              “…you are so anti-God….”
              Wrong. How can I be “anti” something I don’t believe in? I have no more against gods than children’s fairy tales, only the godly, who insist on imposing their myths and superstitions on the rest of us.

              “I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”~ CLARENCE DARROW

              “…what a positive reading can mean….”
              See a summary of my inspirational readings on my page in my website at

              “…when a dear loved one passes and you want some peace in your heart to now that they’re resting well ‘up there’….”
              I’m too old to die young. Do you really think I’ve lost no loved ones at this late stage of my life? Wrong. I’m happy they rest. I’m grateful for their presence in my life. I feel privileged to have shared my life with them down here. “There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story.” ~ STEPHEN HAWKING

              “…don’t tell me that you won’t turn to the same God that you’ve spent your life dismissing, and pray for some hope, guidance or whatever will help at that time….”
              Presumptuous assumption, faulty guesswork. I’ve been there, near death, and know I will not turn to prayer. There is no need for prayer when there’s no fear of death, when death is a natural end. All religion thrives on the fear of death and humanity’s egotistical craving for immortality. There ARE “Atheists in foxholes.” Believe it!

              “Don’t badmouth a faith that others devote their lives to, just because YOUR lifestyle isn’t accepted enough to your liking” by those who clamor for religious tolerance and freedom while striving to impose their own.

              “Go spew your venom on Islam or Buddism….”
              I LOVE IT! “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” ~ STEPHEN HENRY ROBERTS

              About my ‘venom,’ “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

              “…your typical Chelsea mentality!!” Not a clue what nonsense this is about. My best guess is it’s just homophobia.

              “I’m getting my family ready to go to mass….” Good, you definitely need the time-out. I feel for the family that must live with your rants.

              “I’ll pray for people like you!!”
              Feeling a little superior there, Married? Again the arrogance of piety raises its ugly head! Must be that “Christian charity” thing. “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” ~ Psalm 37:11

              Gotta do housework. My wife’s out with some girlfriends. Have a nice day : )

              Done with my Sunday service, free from religion, good without gØds!

              “You wanna call yourself a Christian, you gotta wash the blood off of your hands.” ~ CHRIS YATES

              1. Married..... says:

                Honestly, you need 2 friggin’ things:
                1) A LIFE
                2) serious medications…… Good evening you piece of work!!

                1. Rodin says:

                  LoL, ‘bye, loser. Go outside and pray.

      2. EWagner635 says:

        You know not what you speak, Rodent. You’re all over these religious boards spouting off against Catholicism and all it stands for. Sounds to me like you want to force your delusions on the rest of us.

  3. EWagner635 says:

    Welcome back Rodent, you are a fool.

    1. Rodin says:

      “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.” ~ DOROTHY PARKER

      1. EWagner635 says:

        Yea, but it’s better to be thought of a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

        1. Rodin says:

          The fool is the one who doesn’t challenge, never questions, never wonders, never doubts and resorts to insolence for lack of arguments and coherent thought..

          “I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn.” ~ Dorothy Parker

          1. EWagner635 says:

            Were you abused, Rodent?

            1. Rodin says:

              Actually I was and really liked it!!

  4. cygon says:

    SHow me where they actually pledge to “keep church secrets”. THis is another hack job article against catholic priests.

    1. Rodin says:

      “People seem to be offended by facts, or what used to be called truth.” ~ FRANCIS BACON

      Religious “authority” depends and thrives on secrecy, it’s vital to their interests and power over the faithful. It’s a vain attempt to keep secular authority at bay and the flock ignorant.

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