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President Donald Trump in 2018.

Trump, Biden pitch to Catholics at annual Al Smith Dinner

Oct 2, 2020

Hours before President Donald Trump announced that he had contracted the coronavirus, the president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden... Read more

Ambassador Nikki Halley, Sept. 2018.

Nikki Haley praises ‘everyday miracles’ of Church despite abuse crisis

Oct 22, 2018

Ambassador Nikki Haley used her speech at the annual Al Smith dinner in New York City to acknowledge the Church’s... Read more

Screenshot from 2016 Al Smith Dinner, with Hillary Clinton, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Donald Trump. Screenshot NY Times YouTube video.

Cardinal Dolan recaps Al Smith dinner: Awkward, but at least they prayed.

Oct 21, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

While presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded verbal jabs at the Al Smith Dinner and showed some icy... Read more

Stephen Colbert (L) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan attend the 68th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 17, 2013.

Cardinal Dolan: humor comes from faith in providence

Oct 18, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Faith and laughter abounded at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner as comedian Stephen Colbert joked on politicians, big and... Read more