Cardinal Lacroix, now of Canada, celebrates Mass in Manchester
Cardinal Gerald Lacroix hugs Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci of the Roman Catholic Diocese during Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Sunday. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester was presided over on Sunday by Cardinal Gerald Lacroix. The newly appointed Cardinal grew up in Manchester and spent the weekend visiting and officiating over services before returning to serve the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Some asked his blessing, others kissed his ring or the crucifix he wore.
The visit to the home church of New Hampshire's Roman Catholic diocese came a day after officiating at his personal home parish in the city, St. Anthony Padua.
"He's always been a person of this community," said Bishop John McCormack, who led the New Hampshire diocese for 13 years before his retirement in 2011. "He's one of us."
"Most of the people from St. Anthony's during that time were real down to earth people," he said.
"I want him to have this as a reminder that he is a bishop of the entire world," she said.
At the conclusion of the rites, Lacroix invited people from Manchester to visit Quebec City as part of an upcoming pilgrimage for the 350th anniversary of the oldest church in the United States and Canada, the Parish of Notre-Dame de Quebec.
He concluded by asking that the fond wishes of the people of New Hampshire remain with him as he continues his duties in Quebec.
"In French," he added
Libasci didn't hesitate or falter, and many of the worshippers responded in French, an acknowledgment of the common background they share with one of the leaders of their church.
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