"Catholics all across New York State are proud - so very, very proud - to learn that His Excellency, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan has received the tremendous honor of being elevated to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. This honor is one of the highest recognitions that our Church can bestow and I, along with millions of my fellow New York Catholics and all congregants of the New York Archdiocese, was simply thrilled upon hearing this great news and offer my heartfelt congratulations. His Excellency Archbishop Dolan's already bright star will shine even more brightly as he ascends to this important new role. We are truly blessed to have one of New York's own so honored and internationally recognized by the Holy Father. To quote scripture: 'For this is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad!'"