From left: New York Gov. George Pataki; Archbishop Jorge Mejia of Italy; New York Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue; and Cardinal John O’Connor pose for the media in front of New York’s St Patrick’s Catheral during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Wednesday, March l7, l999. “I’m always conscious that this could be the last,” said O’Connor, 79, the city’s top Roman Catholic prelate, referring to the possibility that he might step down by next year. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)