After being appointed the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan received a phone call yesterday from President Barack Obama who congratulated him and assured the prelate of his prayers.
Dolan told the Associated Press that the president’s call was “extraordinarily gracious” and that the two discussed the country’s financial problems. The archbishop also invited Obama to his installation ceremony in April.
Archbishop Dolan said that when he initially took the call, he suspected it was his brother playing a prank on him.
There has been no official statement from the president’s office on the conversation.
Archbishop Dolan, 59, was picked yesterday to succeed Cardinal Edward Egan as the head of the Catholic Church in New York City.