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as a recognition of the gifts of the Catholic community both in the archdiocese of Toronto and throughout our country.
Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins will be elevated to the College of Cardinals by the Pope at a Vatican ceremony on Feb. 18. Amid a busy schedule as he prepares for that important event, he took time to speak directly to the readers of The Catholic Register by answering a set of prepared questions.
Your elevation to the College of Cardinals has generated considerable positive publicity. How can that be translated into positive energy that will last long after the consistory?
What has your life been like since the announcement on Jan. 6 in terms of public reaction and demands on your time?
In many ways, my daily life hasn’t changed since the Holy Father announced my appointment to the College of Cardinals. My schedule remains as busy as ever, serving the people of the archdiocese of Toronto. Of course, there has been some time involved in preparing for the consistory on Feb. 18, but nothing too onerous. When it comes to public reaction, however, I am touched by the number of messages of congratulations I have received from people from all over the world, and from many different faiths. Their prayers and well wishes
Cardinal-designate Collins doesn’t anticipate many great changes with his new position in the Church. He expects ministering to the people of the archdiocese of Toronto will remain his primary focus. (Photo by Michael Swan)
are a blessing for me. I hope they will continue to pray for me as I do for them, especially as I take on
this new role. I have been trying to reply personally to the many messages of congratulations, but I
am afraid I am behind in that, as there are so many. I truly see this appointment
It is affirming when the Church receives positive recognition in the media as this helps tell our story to those who may have fallen away from the Church or don’t know as much about us. You could fill every page of the newspaper with positive faith-related stories that are quietly happening around us every day. There is no shortage of good acts to celebrate publicly. If the consistory in Rome, and to some degree my own appointment as a cardinal, can help renew some people’s interest in the Catholic Church and their faith, that would be wonderful. In fact, the Holy Father has asked that on the day before the consistory, the cardinals and See GOALS on Page A12
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada celebrates the appointment of
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. May he continue to serve the faithful with wisdom, courage, integrity and joy.
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