So what did the Pope say?
"You know, I went up to the Holy Father, and I haven't told anybody what he said to me," Dolan told the faithful.
When the laughter died down at Cecilia Metella restaurant on the Appian Way, the now-official archbishop of 2.5 million New York Catholics noted the empty wine bottles, especially one he shared with Edward Cardinal Egan.
"We call the empty bottles 'dead soldiers,' " he said. "But you know the saying: 'They didn't die without a priest.' "