TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - This morning following Mass at the
Vatican, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, announced that His Grace,
Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will be elevated to the College
of Cardinals, an international group of principal advisors to the
Archbishop Collins commented on his appointment:
"I am deeply honoured that the Holy Father has called me to be a member
of the College of Cardinals. I am grateful for the trust he has placed
in me, and recognize this honour as a sign of his esteem for the role
of Canada and of the Archdiocese of Toronto in the universal Church. I
ask the people of the Archdiocese, whom I am privileged to serve as
bishop, and all people in the community, to pray for me and for all who
serve Our Lord through ministry in the Church."
Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Thomas Collins was ordained a priest
in 1973. Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta in
1997 and Archbishop of Edmonton in 1999. Pope Benedict later appointed
him as the 10th archbishop of Toronto on December 16, 2006.
The formal consistory, at which the new cardinals will be created, will
take place February 18-19 in Rome. Cardinal-designate Collins will
become the fourth cardinal in the 110-year history of the Archdiocese
of Toronto and the 16th cardinal in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada.
The College of Cardinals is convened at the discretion of the Holy
Father to discuss issues of significance - most members serve on
committees covering a variety of matters. When the papacy is vacant
(ie. death of the pope), all cardinals under the age of 80 gather in
Rome for a closed meeting, called a conclave, to elect a new pope.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada's largest diocese, stretching from
Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is
home to 1.9 million Catholics and 225 churches, with Mass celebrated in
more than 30 different languages each week.
Photos and biographical information regarding Archbishop Collins'
appointment to the College of Cardinals can be found online at: www.archtoronto.org
SOURCE Archdiocese of Toronto
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