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New Archbishop visits Bronx food pantry

April 17, 2009 12:11:58 PM PDT
Just two days as head of the Archdiocese of New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is already on the front lines reaching out to people in need. It was his first real chance to meet New Yorkers since his installation Wednesday, and Archbishop Dolan wasted no time showing his concern for those in need. He handed out food, hugs and blessings to many low income New Yorkers.

"This is where the church is really alive at a place like this," said the Archbishop.

The Archbishop distributed the food with former Mets baseball star Rusty Staub who runs a food charity that provides meals to people all over New York. He calls the Archbishops help a blessing from above.

"Its like having a part of the good Lord come down. All you have to do is watch people as he's hugging and blessing them to know what it means," said the former Met player.

Many of those who received the free food were in awe over the new Archbishop. The said they believe he's a man committed to helping the people and doing God's work.

"It's a privilege to be here in his presence. I'm very glad I came today," said Carolyn McConnell. "As you know we are seniors. We're trying to survive and it's very, very hard," said food recipient Johnny Gregg.

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