Minister Lebel to Lead Canadian Delegation to Cardinal-designate Lacroix’s Elevation Ceremony

February 21, 2014 - At the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will lead the Canadian delegation attending the ceremony for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, to the cardinalate. The ceremony will be held at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Holy See on February 22, 2014. 

Archbishop Lacroix will be made cardinal along with 18 other churchmen from around the world by Pope Francis. He is the 17th Canadian bishop to become cardinal.

“On behalf of our government, I offer my most sincere and warm congratulations to Archbishop Lacroix as he begins this new phase of his ministry,” said Minister Lebel. “His leadership, charisma and profound commitment to promoting human dignity have been recognized not only in Quebec but also in the wider Roman Catholic community.

“Archbishop Lacroix’s appointment is a great honour for Canada, the Archdiocese of Quebec and all members of the Roman Catholic Church across Canada.

“We are extremely proud of his elevation to the cardinalate.”

Elevation to the cardinalate is a particular honour because those in the role are directly concerned in the spiritual leadership of the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

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