NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The celebration continues for New York’s new cardinal as religious and political leaders from across the state came out for a special prayer service to honor the city’s newest red hat.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan delivered Mass Saturday afternoon, once again making parishioners feel he is one of them. CBS 2’s Mark Morgan spoke with several parishioners who attended this morning’s prayer service, and were thrilled that he was back at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“I think he is part of New York, that he is New York and that the red hat belongs to all of us,” said parishioner Gerhard Schmitt of Roosevelt.

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“Oh I think he’s fabulous. I think it’s the best thing to happen to the Catholic Church, he’s the best thing to happen to the Catholic Church. I would love to see him go on to become pope some day,” said Mary Susan Cote of Summit, N.J.

“A lot of different cultures representing different religions,that’s what he means,” said Tony Ransom of Ridgewood, N.J.

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Earlier in the day, there was a standing ovation as Cardinal Dolan walked down the center aisle of St. Patrick’s, shaking hands with parishioners and dignitaries, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and former mayor Ed Koch.

He delivered a special message filled with humility and humor, saying the honor of cardinal goes out to all of New York.

“Because the honor given me last Saturday only came because I am one of you,” he said. “This is an honor for all of New York, so that is why I refuse to wear those red socks because then it looks like my loyalties are elsewhere.”

“It was as if the Holy Father had placed the red hat on the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, home plate at Yankee Stadium, the goalposts  at the Giants, or at One World Trade Center,” Dolan added.

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“It’s a great day for Catholicism and the Catholics of New York City. It was really wonderful,” said Claudia Musumeci of Murray Hill.

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Dolan called New Yorkers the real princes and holding his hat high, said “This red hat belongs to you.”

But with all the attention, Dolan said he’s determined to stay grounded as he shares his honor with the city.

“Nothing’s changed,” he said after the service. “I’m sure happy, I’m glowing, but nothing has changed in my identity, my vision, my goals.”

Dolan returned to his normal routine at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, leading parishioners in a solemn Ash Wednesday service. It was his first Mass back home following his whirlwind trip to the Vatican.

Thousands of parishioners attended the service which signified the beginning of lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and repentance leading up to Easter.

“It’s amazing to see some many people here,” said parishioner Sara Racey.

“I think he’s great,” said parishioner Tracee Robinson. “His personality brings a lot of happiness and fulfillment to the people of New York.”

It was one week ago that Dolan was elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict the XVI in a whirlwind trip to Italy where Dolan was called the “rock star” of the new class of princes of the church.

But this week, it was back to more humble surroundings, handing out sandwiches to the homeless at St. Francis of Assisi.

Cardinal Dolan is also well-aware the Archdiocese is facing a priest shortage and he’s hard at work recruiting men to join him in the priesthood.

“The good news is we get a steady flow,” he said. “The more somber news is we’re not getting the peak that we want.”

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Comments (9)
  1. ChoirBoys says:

    Yes. I’m sure this will go down into the Anals of church history.

  2. DP says:

    The Cardinal appointment may be attached to the Diocese of NY, and Dolan may claim that the elevation to Cardinal was solely on the weight of the Diocesan appointment and has nothing to do with him, but he was appointed to serve as Archbishop of the NY Diocese, and that appointment had everything to do with Dolan.

  3. Gerhard Schmitt says:

    I will take a witty, affable,kind ,intelligent Conservative cardinal over a progressive equivocator any day.Having met him ,I know he can run circles around those politicians and lead our church in the right direction.I will ,in the mean time, pray for you haters.Yesterday was a joyous one ,deserving of celebration.

    1. Moshe says:

      Yes he sure ran circles around Cuomo in defeating gay marriage, right? Oh wait, that was a fight Cardinal Dolan chose to not engage in.

  4. Moshe says:

    Cardinal Dolan celebrates Cuomo, Schumer, Koch, and Bloomberg who are the chief suporters in New York of abortion and gay marriage. Hopefully the Cardinal will cut down on the jokes and start preaching the teachings of the Catholic faith he is supposed to be heading in New York.

  5. ejones says:

    “Dolan returned to his normal routine at St. Patrick‚Äôs Cathedral on Wednesday”

    Hey, those child molestation scandals aren’t going to cover themselves up, after all.

  6. Joseph Mary McGuire says:

    As a fellow Irish American Catholic, I respect the honor of his day. Congratulations! Tim and I could not be on further ends of the church spectrum. He, a very conservative prelate appointed by the worst pope in years who orchestrated his own papacy. Me a progressive Blessed PopeJohn XXIII devotee. The church is 500 light years from Christ`s teachings. I won`t live to see it, but I hold out hope that one day someone will be elevated to the papacy who will totally reform the Catholic church.

  7. Bruce says:

    CBS please take note: a priest (or cardinal) does not “deliver” mass. He “celebrates” mass or “presides” at mass.

  8. d fleming says:

    nothing but popoganda who cares they claim the church loosing mony but they bput this circus on with clowns like bloomberg,schumer,kelly,and the rest of the you see why the British dont care for them

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