NEW YORK (AP) - Archbishop Timothy Dolan has celebrated his first Sunday Mass as the leader of the Archdiocese of New York.
Dolan was installed Wednesday when Cardinal Edward Egan retired after nine years in the most prominent American pulpit in the Roman Catholic Church.
Dolan noted the standing-room-only crowd at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on Sunday was larger than what he was accustomed to in Milwaukee, where he had been archbishop since 2002. He said the larger crowd makes him more conscious of his responsibility. He also noted the crowd’s diversity.
He spoke on faith and mercy.
Dolan has said he will challenge efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York state and will try to revive observance in the church and protect human life.