Friends of Archbishop Lacroix are en route to Vatican for his installation as cardinal
But instead of a beach-side resort, he and a delegation of Roman Catholic clergymen are off to Rome to watch a friend installed as Canada’s third cardinal, the first raised in New Hampshire.
He has covered and written about special religious events for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News.
“Someone asked us, not too long ago, how we felt as priests, and the perfect analogy is, at the end of the day it’s the Vatican. This is the Super Bowl, and we’re at the 50-yard line,” Dion said. “It’s an incredible thing to witness and celebrate.”
Lacroix, he added, is a “hometown guy who’s done great things and is being called” to do even greater ones.
In that way, Nelson added, Lacroix is much like Pope Francis.
Lacroix is scheduled to be in Manchester on March 22, when, as a cardinal, he will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Anthony Church. Dion said while the date is tentative, the celebration is also pretty firm.
Lacroix’s “whole affect is reaching out,” Nelson added, “and perhaps that might be the reason why the Holy Father elevated him.”
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