Cardinal Dolan joins delegation to Syria
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has an uncertain week ahead. He and other members of a special papal delegation are enroute to a Middle East hot spot. YNN's Bill Carey caught up with the Cardinal at the Vatican, and filed the following report.
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VATICAN CITY -- It is a brutal war that, by conservative estimates, has already cost more than 30,000 lives. Now, in a rare show of activist foreign policy, Pope Benedict XVI has decided it is time to send a group of personal emissaries into the war torn country. Among those in that group is New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who said it is time for the church to act.
"We have the patriarchs of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East who are with us at the synod. And every time I meet one of them, they say, we feel so much by ourselves. We feel isolated. We feel all alone. Does anyone care?," asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan, New York Archdiocese.
Dolan said he and others making the trip have heard again and again how needed supplies are not getting through. Supplies that could save lives.
"We're hoping, in some way, to plead, to make a plea to allow this aid to get to people who are suffering," explained Dolan.
The Cardinal is still unsure whether his delegation will ever meet with the Syrian President during their visit. He's hoping that they still send a message.
"Will we accomplish anything? Politically? Maybe not. Spiritually, I think so. Because everybody's going to know that the Pope, who's the vicar of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ on Earth, is trying his best to show some solidarity," noted Dolan.
Joining a host of other world leaders ratcheting up the pressure on the Damascus government.