Sunday, March 4, 2012

Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto Becomes a Cardinal

Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto
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Pope Benedict XVI, in an elaborate ceremony in the Vatican on February 18, elevated Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins of Toronto to the College of Cardinals along with 22 others from different countries.

These new cardinals swell their ranks to a total of 125. They are eligible to elect a new pope when an occasion arises.

Cardinal Collins is the last of the 16 Canadians who became cardinals since 1886. Other two living Canadian cardinals are Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal and Marc Ouellet of Quebec City.

Jim Flaherty, Federal Finance Minister of Canada, participated at the ceremony in Rome heading an official Canadian delegation.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated the new cardinal and, in a statement, said: “On the occasion of this great honour for Catholics throughout Canada, I wish our country’s newest cardinal all the best in his continued ministry.”

For more details on Cardinal Thomas Collins and his elevation to the College of Cardinals, you may read the following: Thomas Cardinal Collins Tribute Site and The Making of a Cardinal

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