His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins was received at the Parliament of Canada

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cardinal_Collins_reu_au_ParlementThe Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Noël Kinsella, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, M.P., received His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at a luncheon in the Senate on 15 March 2012. The luncheon was in honour of his recent elevation to the College of Cardinals. About 30 other guests were present, including His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal, as well as seven other Bishops from Canada, together with a number of other Senators and Members of Parliament. The Minister of Finance, the Honourable James M. Flaherty, was present for the reception immediately before the lunch.

The day before the luncheon, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, invited Cardinal Collins to a private meeting in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Les_cardinaux_Collins_et_Turcotte_au_SnatIn his brief speech at the Senate luncheon, Cardinal Collins observed the importance of the contributions to the common good that are made by elected members of government and the public service. He pointed out how faith communities and volunteer organizations also strengthen and enrich society. Following the luncheon, Cardinal Collins and Cardinal Turcotte were presented to the Senate as it began its business of the day.

All the members of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) had been invited to the luncheon in the Senate, in addition to the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, and the CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H. The following Bishops were able to be present: Cardinal Collins, Cardinal Turcotte, CCCB President Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton; Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec City; Archbishop Prendergast; CCCB Co-Treasurer Bishop Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Bishop Gerard P. Bergie of St. Catharines, and Bishop John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap., of Nelson.