October 29, 2012. (Romereports.com) During his latest visit to Rome, the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins, formally took possession of the church the Pope entrusted him with, back when he became a Cardinal. The St. Patrick Church is 101 years old. It's actually run by the Irish Augustinian Order, which has an interesting connection to the Cardinal, since his ancestors were from northern Dublin. But they immigrated to Canada more than 180 years ago.
The ceremony began at the entrance of the church where the pastor welcomed Cardinal Collins by giving him a crucifix.
A total of four bishops and 20 priests also took part in the ceremony.
The Archbishop of Toronto is one of 22 bishops, who were made cardinals last February by Benedict XVI. Collins is 65 years old. He was ordained and the age of 26. He understands that the new evangelization can often times feel overwhelming-but he says saints are always a source of inspiration.
CARD. THOMAS COLLINS
Archbishop of Toronto (Canadá)
“I think of a great model. One of my favorite is Saint Thomas More. He was a lawyer, a politician, a judge, a family man, a husband and a father, but every day he went to Mass. When he went to Mass he went to confession regularly. He spend time in prayer. That the center of it all."
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, who was canonized recently by Benedict XVI, lived in Canada. So, this ceremony brought together both Canadians and Irish faithful.
The ceremony was also attended by a group of Native American Indians who were also at the canonization ceremony.
Perhaps one of the most moving moments was when the papal bull was read out loud, symbolically naming Collins as a member of Rome's clergy. This gave way to Collin's symbolic possession of the parish.
Formally cardinals were only chosen among the clergy of Rome. Now, each cardinal, regardless of what country he's from, is entrusted with a church in Rome. It's a symbolic gesture that also represents unity with the Bishop of Rome.