CARDINAL TIMOTHY Dolan (62) is of Irish-American background and received his red hat from Pope Benedict last February. He is regarded as something of a rising star where this papacy is concerned. The eldest of five children, he was born in St Louis, Missouri, and ordained in 1976. He began as chaplain to the military at West Point military academy and was also chaplain in Vietnam in the early 1970s. Afterwards he studied in Rome before returning to the archdiocese of New York, where was private secretary to both Cardinal Terence Cooke and his successor, Cardinal John O’Connor.