Cardinal Dolan returns to New York
Even for a cardinal, there’s no place like home.
A beaming Cardinal Dolan returned to New York Tuesday after his whirlwind trip to Rome.
“It’s good to be home,” crowed Dolan outside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where a half dozen bagpipers and a group of spectators were waiting to greet him.
“I know I have to do a lot of travelling, but there’s nothing like just getting back home. And now to have my mom with me, that really makes it home.”
Donna McCarthy, a teacher from Queens, said she was thrilled for the chance to lay eyes on the Catholic Church’s new prince.
“It’s wonderful,” gushed McCarthy. “He’s such a people’s person.”
Dolan arrived at Kennedy Airport about 2:20 p.m., capping his nine-day trip to Rome where he was elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.
He spent much of the flight extolling the virtues of Italian cooking — and his adopted city, said Msgr. Hilary Franco, of St. Augustine School in upstate Ossining.
“He loves everything Irish, Italian, whatever… but he especially loves Italian cuisine,” Franco said. “We talked about everything that has to do with New York. Like all of us, he’s very excited to be back.”
Dolan won’t get time to sleep off his jet lag.
He’ll be up bright and early Wednesday, handing out bread to the homeless at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi on W. 31st St. at 7 a.m.
On Saturday, he’ll offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.