By Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Pope Francis will elevate Archbishop Kelvin Felix, the Dominican-born archbishop emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia, to the rank of cardinal during the Public Consistory in Rome on February 22, 2014 (Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter).
Archbishop Kelvin Felix
This is the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the region that a member of the Episcopate from the Antilles Episcopal Conference, which covers the English, French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, will be made a cardinal.
The government of Saint Lucia acknowledged Felix’s sterling contribution to the nation and the region in the area of ecumenism, regional integration, and human development during his 27 years as Archbishop of Castries.
“On behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, I extend congratulations and warmest good wishes to Cardinal-Elect, His Eminence Monsignor Kelvin Felix, to the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and to the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean,” Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said.
In a message to Felix, the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in Saint Lucia, Stephenson King, extended his congratulations and hailed the Cardinal-designate, “a profound missionary who over 25 years dedicated his life to the Church in Saint Lucia and by extension the Windward Islands” as Archbishop of the Diocesan of Castries.
“It is even more astounding that the ceremony will be held in Rome, Italy on February 22, 2014, which is incidentally Saint Lucia’s Day of Independence,” King stated.
“Not only must Saint Lucians revel in this accomplishment but also Dominicans, from his land of birth and nationals from across the Caribbean region alike should all rejoice and be proud of this milestone achievement for a son of our soil,” he added.