Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Rome, center. Watch a video report on the pope-watching crowd at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan at WSJ.com.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan emerged this week from the conclave that elected Pope Francis with what some described as rock-star status in the Roman Catholic church. But now he will need to summon all of his diplomatic and managerial skills to navigate escalating challenges facing the New York archdiocese.
His unexpected emergence as a contender for the papacy "gives him a kind of boost that is quite remarkable," said Terrence Tilley, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University in New York. "He becomes more of an influential person, a kingmaker in clerical and Vatican circles."