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February 23, 2009

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
on the Appointment of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
as Archbishop of New York

I am filled with great joy upon learning of Archbishop Timothy Dolan's appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to shepherd the faithful of the Archdiocese of New York. I offer Archbishop Dolan my warm congratulations and prayerful support and I am certain that the Catholic faithful of New York will grow to know him as an exemplary leader who proclaims the Gospel with an evident love of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.

During my tenure as Archbishop of St. Louis, I was fortunate to have then-Bishop Dolan as an auxiliary for a short time and to work closely with him on pastoral matters on a daily basis. I know him as a zealous, humble and enthusiastic Bishop, whose devotion to our faith and ability to communicate the Lord's teachings to all will serve him very well in New York. As Archbishop Dolan prepares to assume his new responsibilities in the Archdiocese of New York, my prayers are with him.

I also offer my fraternal best wishes to Cardinal Edward Egan upon the Holy Father=s acceptance of his resignation. Cardinal Egan has endeavored to be a true servant of the Lord. Cardinal Egan's pastoral care of the Archdiocese of New York has been marked by his love and concern for the lives of the faithful of the Archdiocese.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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