Sunday, January 12, 2014

first Haitian cardinal

Good news for Haiti in the midst of a somber weekend: for the first time, they have their own cardinal. In this latest batch, just announced, Pope Francis has continued his policy of paying attention to the poor by choosing cardinals from developing countries. Have I mentioned that I really like this pope? He's got his priorities in order. 

Here's what I'm reading:

"The youngest new cardinal chosen by Francis is the 55-year-old Monsignor Chibly Langlois from Haiti."

Mgr Chibly Langlois, just named as Haiti's first cardinal

Here's a bio I found about him:

Bishop Chibly Langlois was born on November 29th 1958 in La Vallee, Jacmel. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Jacmel on September 22, 1991 and served at the Cathedral of St. Jacques and St. Philippe as well as the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He held several diocesan leadership positions in Jacmel including: Director of Pastoral Catechesis and Director of Youth Ministry. Bishop Langlois holds a Licentiate degree in Pastoral Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy.
Bishop Langlois taught Pastoral Theology at the Major Seminary in Port-au-Prince from 2000 until 2004. On April 8, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Fort-Liberté. Bishop Langlois’ Coat of Arms motto is to “Serve God and Humanity in Love.” He has been a member of the Episcopal Commission for Mission and is presently the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis.
Bishop Langlois continues to serve the diocese of Fort-Liberté as Apostolic Administrator, and on August 15, 2011 he was appointed bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti. He is also currently serving as the President of the Haitian Episcopal Conference.

I look forward to hearing what the sisters in Haiti have to say about him.  We may not be Roman Catholic, but they know what's going on there in the wider church, and he's apparently in Les Cayes, the hometown of a couple of the sisters.  Should be interesting.  Meanwhile, let's rejoice for this bright spot.  May there be more of them.

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