The City Council unanimously adopted Councilman Paul Vallone’s Resolution praising Pope Francis for his lifelong pursuit of peace among all peoples and commending him on his upcoming historic visit to New York City. At the September 17 Stated Meeting of the City Council, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, presented a moving invocation which was spread in full upon the record by Councilman Vallone. His Eminence’s presence was requested by Vallone in anticipation of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, and was graciously accepted by the Cardinal. It was the first time in almost 25 years that an Archbishop of New York was present at City Hall and it proved to be a momentous occasion for all those present at the meeting.
“As we celebrate His Holiness’ historic visit, we recognize his influence not only on the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, but over many people all throughout world,” said Vallone. “This resolution gives the keys to the city to the Archdiocese, as we welcome Pope Francis to the greatest city in the world. I thank his Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, for his presence at this meeting and for his invocation which highlighted the importance of Pope Francis’ visit.”
Vallone said in a statement, “Pope Francis is the first Jesuit, non-European Pope in over 1,200 years and has been a champion of the poor, a vocal promoter of social justice and advocate for peace throughout his life. Through his actions, Pope Francis has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to helping the poor, reconciliation, humility, austerity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among all regions and religions. Pope Francis will be visiting New York City on September 24 and 25. During his visit, Pope Francis will deliver the evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, address the United Nations General Assembly, attend a multi-religious meeting for peace at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, travel via motorcade through Central Park, and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden.