Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, gestures during an interview at the North American College in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. says the phone call made him cry.
The conservative Bronx minister says that while recovering from knee replacement surgery he received a call from Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Diaz says he was touched by the call from the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York.
They have occasionally found themselves on the same side of fights in the state legislature, opposing abortion and same-sex marriage.
Diaz in his regular column says the cardinal said simply: "Hi Ruben, this is your friend Tim Dolan."
The Bronx Democrat says Dolan's call gave him inspiration and is helping him recover.
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