New Cardinal Named in Canada

Monday, September 29 2003

(CCCB – Ottawa) Archbishop Marc Ouellet of Quebec City was one of 31 new cardinals named by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Sunday, September 28, 2003, including one in pectore, known only to the Pope. Cardinal-elect Ouellet is also Primate of the Catholic Church in Canada.

The elevation of Archbishop Ouellet to the College of Cardinals brings the number of Cardinals in Canada to five: His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal; His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto; His Eminence Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, Archbishop Emeritus of Quebec City; and His Eminence Édouard Cardinal Gagnon, P.S.S., President-emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Family and previously Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta.

Born in Lamotte, Quebec, in the Diocese of Amos, Archbishop Ouellet is 59 years of age. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 and consecrated a Bishop in March 2001 when he was also named by the Holy Father as Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. In November 2002, the Holy Father appointed him as Archbishop of Quebec City.

The new cardinal currently has a number of Vatican responsibilities including: consultor with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and also with the Congregation for Divine Worship; secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews; and a member of the Permanent Interdiscasteral Commission for the Eastern Churches in Europe, and of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

Cardinal-elect Ouellet and the other 29 bishops and priests who have been named will be elevated to the College of Cardinals during a consistory that will be held at the Vatican on October 21. Archbishop Ouellet becomes the seventh Cardinal in the history of the Archdiocese of Quebec.

The College of Cardinals is now made up of 194 members (excluding the cardinal in pectore) of which 135, being less than 80 years of age, are eligible to elect a new Pope in the next Conclave. Currently in Canada, three of the five cardinals are electors: His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, His Eminence Aloysius Ambrozic and Cardinal-elect Ouellet.

In addition to Archbishop Ouellet, the following bishops and priests were named to the College of Cardinals by the Holy Father yesterday: