Pope names Toronto archbishop as cardinal

CBC News

The Pope has named Toronto Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins as one of 22 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican announced Friday morning.

The 64-year-old Collins, ordained as a priest in 1973 and appointed archbishop of Toronto in 2007, told CBC’s Heather Hiscox that he learned about his appointment after receiving word on his BlackBerry to call the Pope’s representative.

“This is indeed a great honour and I’m indeed overwhelmed,” Collins said early Friday, adding that he will continue as archbishop of the Toronto archdiocese.

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