Cardinal Dolan Green with Envy Over Tim Tebow's Easter Service

By Tom Liddy on April 8, 2012 4:59pm 

Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated his first Easter as cardinal at St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 8, 2012.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated his first Easter as cardinal at St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 8, 2012.
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MANHATTAN — Here's something else to Tebow about, Tim.

Presiding over a jam-packed Easter mass Sunday morning, newly-appointed Cardinal Timothy Dolan joked that he was jealous about the drawing power of newly-minted Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

"We are delighted you are here. You'd think I'd be so happy that we got over 3,000 people at St. Patrick's Cathedral, you'd think one Timothy Dolan would be happy," Dolan told the congregation, according to NY1.

"But I'm jealous because one Timothy Tebow has 25,000 in Texas."

Tebow, who joined the Jets late last month, drew the massive crowd, which some news outlets estimated at 15,000, to hear him speak at the "Easter on the Hill" service in Georgetown, Tx.

Some drove from as far as 100 miles away to see the controversial former Denver Bronco, an outspoken Christian who told the crowd his is not afraid to wear his faith on his sleeve, the Associated Press said.

The Easter service at St. Patrick's Cathedral marked the first time that Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, celebrated the holiday as cardinal.

Worshipers came from far and wide to celebrate the holiest day on the Christian calendar in New York.

"We traveled...hours to be at today's service and it was worth with every minute," said William Arsenault, 16, of Quebec. "The Easter service by Cardinal Dolan was very moving and inspiring."

For Elizabeth Graspesie, 18, of the Bronx, it was her first time celebrating the holiday at the famed church.

"It's such beautiful cathedral," she said. "This is the first time I have attended Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and I'd like to come again next year."

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