FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Archbishop Thomas Collins Wears His Love of Toronto On His Sleeve
TORONTO (February 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
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 - archdioceseoftoronto.blogspot.com
Twitter - twitter.com/neilmaccarthy (follow #tcredhat)
Facebook - facebook.com/archtoronto
Tumblr - archtoronto.tumblr.com
Office of Public Relations and Communications
Archdiocese of Toronto
phone: 416-934-3400 ext. 558
cell phone: 416.708.9655