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St. Peter's Basilica College of Canons has first American in 50 years

2013-04-13

MSGR. FRANCIS KELLY
St. Peter's Basilica College of Canons
"At St. Peter's were really going back to the very roots through Peter to our very Lord himself so it is very humbling and awesome to be called to lead the church's worship there.”

Msgr. Kelly said to be named a canon is a tremendous honor.

That body is made up of 25 individuals well established within the Vatican. For the first time in more than 50 years, an American will be among them. For Msgr. Kelly, it sends an important message about inclusion.

MSGR. FRANCIS KELLY
St. Peter's Basilica College of Canons
"By having an American now as one of the leaders of worship at St. Peter's Basilica, that is a visible tangible expression of this universality of the Church and that this special basilica belongs to the whole church.”

As a member of the College of Canons, Msgr. Kelly left behind the leadership of Casa Santa Maria. However is still be involved in some ways.

He assumed his duties soon after his appointment, and following his 50 anniversary of the priesthood and a life consecrated to Christ.


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