Loading
Haiti's first cardinal-designate highlights nation's struggles
Cardinal-designate Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti.
Cardinal-designate Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti.

.- The president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference voiced hope that his recent appointment to become a cardinal will raise the profile of the nation, which is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes is one of 19 men who will be made cardinals at a consistory at the Vatican on Feb. 22. He is the first cardinal ever to be named from Haiti. Pope Francis announced the appointment of the new cardinals on Jan. 12, the four-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.

“The appointment this January 12, 2014 will help focus attention on Haiti, especially on our Roman Catholic Church in Haiti, where the realities, the needs and the challenges will be brought up to a much higher level,” Cardinal-designate Langlois said in statements to Alter Presse.

Some analysts suggested that the Pope’s decision to announce the cardinal appointments on the four-year anniversary of the earthquake may have been a sign of special consideration for the devastated country.

The 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti and left more than 1 million homeless. It destroyed dozens of churches, including the archdiocesan seminary. Archbishop Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince also perished in the quake.

As president of the Haitian bishops, Cardinal-designate Langlois has worked in recovery efforts. He has also led the Church’s mediation efforts in talks between Haitian President Michel Martelly, the opposition and the parliament, in order to help carve out a path towards rebuilding the country.

The cardinal-designate was born Nov. 29, 1958, in the southeastern city of Vallee. He entered the seminary at Port-au-Prince in 1985, where he studied philosophy and theology.  

Ordained a priest on Sept. 22, 1991, he served as vicar of the Cathedral of Jacmel and director of catechesis for the diocese before going on to study pastoral theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

In 1996, Cardinal-designate Langlois was appointed administrator of diocesan pastoral and catechetical formation. Three years later, he was sent to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the region of Des Oranger and was professor of pastoral theology at the Major Seminary of Notre Dame in Turgeau.

He was named Bishop of Fort-Liberte on April 8, 2004, and was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop Hubert Constant on June 6 of the same year. On Aug.15, 2011, after seven years in his first diocese, he was named Bishop of Les Cayes.

That same year, he succeeded Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap-Haitien as president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference.

Tags: Haiti, Cardinal


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: