B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
We warmly congratulate New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan on his selection by Pope Benedict XVI to be a cardinal. Dolan, who previously served as episcopal moderator for Catholic-Jewish relations and is also current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be elevated on Feb. 18.
“Cardinal-designate Dolan, despite uncommon responsibilities, has brought great vigor, warmth and spirit to his relationship with Jews in New York and beyond. With his consistent focus and accessibility, he has indeed strengthened the Catholic-Jewish bond that is so vital,” said B’nai B’rith International Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels.
B’nai B’rith looks forward to continuing to work with Dolan.
Cardinals under age 80, such as Dolan, are eligible to join in electing a new pope.
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