WASHINGTON--Though President Barack Obama and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, chief of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, tangled last week over religious employers offering contraception coverage, the president is sending a delegation to the Vatican for Dolan's elevation.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2012
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to Attend a Ceremony Elevating Two American Archbishops to Cardinals
President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to attend the consistory at which two American Archbishops will be elevated to Cardinals. On February 18, Pope Benedict XVI will elevate Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore to the College of Cardinals.
The Honorable Miguel H. Díaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, will lead the delegation.
Member of the Presidential Delegation:
Mr. Kenneth F. Hackett, President Emeritus, Catholic Relief Services