Haiti's first cardinal set to tell pope of country's woes
February 20, 2014, 12:20 am TWN
PORT-AU-PRINCE--For the first time, a Haitian has been named a cardinal — and he's vowing to "bring the reality" of his tiny, impoverished Caribbean country "into the heart of the Vatican."
Chibly Langlois, 56, is one of 19 who will be formally appointed to the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Just like the others, he was first named in an announcement by Pope Francis on Jan. 12.
But for Langlois, the day already held special significance as the fourth anniversary of a massive earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Langlois said he was moved by the pontiff's choice of date for the announcement.