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Cardinal Dolan to offer prayer at Republican National Convention

August 23, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will offer a prayer of benediction at the Republican National Convention on August 30 following Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech.

“Cardinal Dolan is going to pray, not to engage in partisan politics,” said archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling. “He made it clear when he accepted the invitation that he would also accept an invitation from the Democratic National Committee to offer a prayer at their convention, should they ask.”

“He is going simply to pray, which is part of what a priest should do.”

Sammy Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, will offer prayers of benediction on earlier evenings of the convention.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 23, 2012 7:37 PM ET USA

    Yes, going to pray is what a representative of Jesus should do. Partying in public and joking around with a president who supports unrestricted abortion is simply scandalous - especially at the same time unborn children are losing their lives Dear Cardinal, if you can't bring yourself to disinvite the President, at least excuse yourself from this scandalous dinner. Pray to end abortion or feed the hungry around the dinner site instead.