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cardinals-designate all gather in a day of prayer and reflection around the New Evangelization. We will also hear an update about the upcoming Year of Faith. I pray we can carry the momentum of the consistory into the autumn, when the Year of Faith begins. I’m sure there will be a great deal of positive energy and creative ideas to help contribute to this New Evangelization.
Is it daunting to think that you will retain all your current responsibilities as archbishop of Toronto but also take on important new duties on behalf of the world Church? My primary focus remains to faithfully serve the people of the archdiocese as their shepherd. Pope Benedict once said that one of the best ways for a bishop to help the universal
Church is by faithfully caring for the local Church that has been entrusted to him. Aside from some additional periodic travel to Rome, I don’t expect the duties of my new position to increase my workload very much. I have been fortunate to have been asked already to serve the Church outside of our own diocese in a number of ways over the past five years. I serve as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as well as being involved in the Synod of Bishops at a Special Assembly for the Middle East. I have assisted the Holy Father as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and also as the Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus. I also am on the committee that helps prepare translations of liturgical texts.
As a cardinal, in what ways would you like to impact the lives of Catholics in Canada
His new role will take Archbishop Collins to Rome more often, but he doesn’t see it as adding much more to his already busy workload as archbishop of Toronto. (Photo by Michael Swan)
and around the world? Have you established any priorities among the matters you’d like to address?
In my day-to-day work, my goal is the same as it was when I was first
ordained as a priest: that I might strengthen, sustain and inspire faith in the people I meet, and especially those entrusted to my pastoral care. As priests, we dedicate ourselves to the task of fueling the flame of faith. As the archbishop of Toronto,
there have been a number of key priorities over the past few years that will continue: supporting our clergy and parishes, promoting vocations, nurturing Catholic education and reaching out to Christian refugees. More than 140 See OUR FAITH on Page A13
Bishop De Angelis, and the faithful of the Diocese of Peterborough, extend congratulations to Archbishop Thomas Collins on his being elevated to the College of Cardinals. Thank you for the great leadership given to the Church in Canada and kindness towards our small diocese. Be assured of our continued prayers as you take up the “task of helping St. Peter’s Successor carry out his mission to confirm people in the faith and to be the source and foundation of the Church’s unity and communion”.
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