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The Caribbean Man: The Cardinal

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Kelvin Edward Felix, was the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Castries. He was born in Roseau, Dominica on 15 February 1933.[1] He was ordained into the Catholic priesthood in 1956.[1]
Archbishop Kelvin Felix was born in Dominica on 15 February 1933. He was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church on 8 April 1956. In 1962 he left the West Indies for St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, where he attained a Diploma in Adult Education in 1963, gained a Masters Degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in Sociology and Anthropology in 1967 and completed post graduate studies in Sociology at the University of Bradford in Yorkshire, England in 1970. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1986 from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia.
Archbishop Felix was the Principal of the Roman Catholic High School in Dominica from 1972–1975 and Associate General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches from 1975–1981. He was ordained Archbishop on…

Observations on the new Cardinals-elect

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(Vatican Radio) In the wake of Pope Francis’ eagerly anticipated announcement of the names of the new Cardinals, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, offered the following observations:

The Pope has adhered to the rule of 120 Cardinals under 80 years of age who will be eligible to vote in a papal election. Currently there were 13 seats “vacant”; 3 others will be “vacant” by the end of May. So the Pope has chosen 16 electors.

Of the 16 eligible to vote, 4 are members of the Curia (i.e., ¼ of the total) and 12 are residential archbishops or bishops, all from different countries .

The distribution of electors who are residential prelates is well distributed among the different continents: Two from Europe, three from North and Central America, three from South America, two from Africa, and two from Asia.

The choice of Cardinals of Burkina Faso and Haiti shows concern for people struck by poverty.

Two residential prelates were chosen from places not tr…

First Cardinal of the English Specking Caribbean

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2014-01-12 12:36:16



Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals

(Vatican Radio) After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis announced the names of those who will be created Cardinals at the upcoming Consistory.

Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s announcement:

As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 16 new Cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world. The following day [February 23] I will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 I will hold a Consistory with all the Cardinals to reflect on the theme of the family.

Here are the names of the new Cardinals:

1. Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State

2. Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop of Diocleziana, …

PICKING UP THE PIECES...AFTER DEADLY WEATHER

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By Lara Pickford-Gordon

The people of St Lucia are “coming back to normal so far as normal can be”, said Archbishop of Castries Robert Rivas after a trough system left devastation and death behind on Christmas Eve.

Canaries RC Primary School in the aftermath of the flood waters. Photo Archbishop Robert Rivas
Canaries RC Primary School in the aftermath of the flood waters. Photo Archbishop Robert Rivas
These vehicles were tossed aside by the flood waters. Photo courtesy Trinidad Express
These vehicles were tossed aside by the flood waters. Photo courtesy Trinidad Express
Residents begin cleanup efforts. Photo courtesy Trinidad Express
Residents begin cleanup efforts. Photo courtesy Trinidad Express
Archbishop Robert Rivas comforts a bed-ridden resident of Anse La Raye, one of the affected communities.
Archbishop Robert Rivas comforts a bed-ridden resident of Anse La Raye, one of the affected communities.
Six persons were killed in St Lucia. Anse La Raye and Canaries in the West, Vieux F…