By Marianna Reilly
January 6, 2012 — Archbishop Timothy Dolan joked that being named a Cardinal today – the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as the “twelfth day of Christmas” – “beats a partridge in a pear tree any day.”
He addressed his colleagues at the New York Catholic Center today during a prayer service at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, near Catholic Charities offices. Offering his thanks to the New York Archdiocese, Dolan said that being named Cardinal is Pope Benedict XVI’s way of honoring and recognizing the importance of the entire Archdiocese of New York.
“It’s as if the pope is placing the red hat on the empire state building. He’s putting the red hat on the statue of liberty, he’s putting the red hat on the home plate of Yankee Stadium, he’s putting the red hat on the spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and on the towers of every great parish in this archdiocese… This is his way of saying to the Archdiocese of New York and to this great community that we cherish very much: ‘Congratulations. I love you, I need you, you’re an inspiration to the world, keep up the good work.’”
Dolan will be officially inducted into the College of Cardinals during a ceremony at the Vatican on February 18, 2012.