NH family cheers newly installed Cardinal Lacroix
Newly elected Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Canada gestures before the start of a consistory ceremony led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday. At his side is his mother, Brigitte Lacroix (REUTERS/Max Rossi)
The Honorable Denis Lebel, Canadian minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Quebec, touchingly noted: "I asked Cardinal Lacroix's father what he is most proud of about his son. He told me: He loves everyone, and everyone loves him."
Raymond and Brigitte Lacroix of Manchester are Cardinal Lacroix's parents. As proud of the cardinal as they were, it was evident that he was even prouder of them. In heartfelt words that spanned three languages - French, English and Spanish - Cardinal Lacroix thanked the many family and friends who traveled from around the world to be with him. He asked for prayers for himself and the people of Quebec, alluding at one point to his growing concern over efforts to allow euthanasia within the Canadian province.
As night fell on Rome after a day of much celebration, the delegation from the Granite State was in shock after learning the tragic news of the death of John Durkin, a New Hampshire native and college student studying abroad in Rome. A day that began with prayer was also to end with prayer, as those from New Hampshire who gathered to celebrate with Cardinal Lacroix offered their prayers for the Durkin family during this time of incredible loss.
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