As President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is a great joy for me, on behalf of all the Bishops of Canada, to extend our congratulations to the Most Reverend Thomas Collins for his having been designated by our Holy Father as a Cardinal of the Church of Rome. This appointment by Pope Benedict XVI is a great honour for all the Church in our country, as well as indicating the importance of the See of Toronto in the life of the
Cardinal-designate Collins has already provided excellent leadership for the Church in
As an ex officio member of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Collins has always contributed to its meetings with wisdom, balance and good humour. These will be the same qualities that he will bring in advising the Holy Father, which is one of the key responsibilities of every Cardinal.
During October 2010, Cardinal-designate Collins had participated in the Special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, to which the Holy Father had appointed him as one of three Latin Rite Bishops from
As a former seminary professor, a biblical scholar who has specialized in the Book of the Apocalypse, and as a former Bishop of Saint-Paul and a former Archbishop of Edmonton, Cardinal-designate Collins knows well the challenges and opportunities facing our Church across
The Most Reverend Richard Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops