Archdiocese of Toronto

Archdiocese of Toronto

February 16, 2012 16:45 ET

Archbishop Thomas Collins Wears His Love of Toronto on His Sleeve

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2012) - Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins let his Toronto pride shine through Thursday, sporting a personalized Toronto Maple Leafs jersey in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Cardinal-delegate Collins is in Rome this week in preparation for his elevation, along with 22 other bishops from around the world, into the College of Cardinals. His appointment as a new Cardinal was announced on January 6 and he will officially assume that post this Saturday, February 18 in a Consistory, led by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

"It's safe to say there are more than a few Toronto Maple Leafs fans in the pews of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto," said Collins from Rome on Thursday. "This is a fun way to let them, and all Catholics in our diocese, know that I am thinking of them at this time. I am truly proud and humbled to serve them all."

While there is a delegation of roughly 200 Canadians in Rome this week - including an official delegation of the federal government - to experience the Consistory and support Archbishop Collins, there will also be regional Masses of Thanksgiving celebrated in a number of parishes during the month following the Consistory. Information about times and locations can be found at www.archtoronto.org/cardinal.

The following is a list of possible media opportunities and resources available for local media outlets through the week leading up to and following the Consistory of Cardinals on February 18.

Friday, Feb. 17

Media availability, Canadian Bishops in Rome available to comment on the Consistory and Archbishop Collins' appointment - 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EST

Day-long meetings of cardinals/cardinals-delegate (no media availability for Archbishop Collins)

Saturday, Feb. 18

LIVE SATELLITE LINK AVAILABLE - 4:30 a.m. - Pope Benedict XVI leads Consistory Celebration for new Cardinals, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Media availability for Archbishop Collins - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Sunday, Feb. 19

LIVE SATELLITE LINK AVAILABLE - 3:30 a.m. - Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass with new Cardinals, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Media availability for Archbishop Collins - 9 - 10:30 a.m. EST

Monday, Feb. 20

Media availability for Archbishop Collins - 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. EST

Throughout the week, media will also have access to the following:

a) Members of the Canadian Delegation representing a variety of personal and professional connections in Cardinal-designate Collins' life - family, friends, colleagues and clergy from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

b) Members of the official Federal Government Delegation of approximately 20 individuals, including Senior Cabinet Ministers, MPs and a Senator, representing various regions of Canada. (For media opportunities/interview requests for the Government of Canada delegation, contact: Stephen Lecce, Deputy Director Communications, Office of the Prime Minister 613-608-5102 - Stephen.Lecce@pmo.gc.ca)

c) Church spokespeople, including Neil MacCarthy, Archdiocese of Toronto Director of PR & Communications, and Rev. Thomas Rosica., C.E.O. of Salt & Light Catholic Television.

FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION and RESOURCES: www.archtoronto.org/cardinal

FOR NEWS AND UPDATES, INCLUDING COVERAGE FROM ROME:

Blog - www.archdioceseoftoronto.blogspot.com

Twitter - www.twitter.com/neilmaccarthy (follow #tcredhat)

Facebook - www.facebook.com/archtoronto

Tumblr - www.archtoronto.tumblr.com

Salt+Light TV will provide open clean video feed with English commentary on CH 1 and International sound on CH 2 available at TOC from Salt and Light Transmit TOC circuit 146 for both events on SD aspect ratio 16:9
Ordinary Public Consistory celebrated by H.H. Pope Benedict XVI
Date: 18 February 2012 - St. Peter's Basilica
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Aspect ratio 16:9
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audio: CH 1 English commentary CH 2 International sound
Holy Mass celebrated by H.H. Pope Benedict XVI with the 22 new Cardinals
Date: 19 February 2012 - St. Peter's Basilica
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Aspect ratio 16:9
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audio: CH 1 English commentary CH 2 International sound
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