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Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York gestures as he addresses the audience during the 65th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York in 2010.
Catholic News ServiceThe Al Smith dinner in New York brings people of faith together for “an evening of friendship, civility and patriotism to help those in need,” not to endorse either candidate running for the U.S. presidency, Cardinal Timothy Dolan says.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent, have accepted the invitation to be the keynote speakers at the 67th Annual Dinner Oct. 18 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
Criticism of the invitation to Obama, who supports legal abortion, has surfaced, as well as complaints that Romney was invited.