AEC now on world map – Cardinal Felix

from Catholic News - 8 March 2014

The papal representative to this region hopes the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will benefit from the experience and guidance of its first cardinal.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli made the comment at a February 26 dinner at the residence of Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, capital of Dominica – the home country of Cardinal Kelvin Felix. The dinner was held in honour of the cardinal and followed a Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newtown. Archbishop Girasoli recalled that he met “Archbishop Felix” in 2006 when the latter visited Zambia and was a guest at the Nuncio’s residence. He said “in many ways” Cardinal Felix reflected Pope Francis’ style of leadership and how he witnessed to his Catholic faith. He urged the clergy, religious and the faithful of the diocese of Roseau to “love him and always support him”. In brief remarks, Cardinal Felix expressed gratitude to the diocese and the Dominica Government for the celebratory dinner. He thanked the Nuncio for his recommendations to the Holy See which contributed to his appointment as a cardinal. “It has put the AEC and Dominica, as it were, on the world map,” he remarked.


Immediately upon Cardinal Felix’s arrival at the church, Fr Godfrey Tarimo approached him for a blessing.
Cardinal Felix during the consecration.
Cardinal Felix greets Dominica’s President Charles Savarin at the Sign of Peace. Awaiting their turn are (from right) First Lady Mrs Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his wife Melissa. In the background is Bishop Malzaire.Photos Raymond Syms


Cardinal Felix said the impact of his appointment would not be seen now but perhaps in the future. “Through Him, with Him and in Him I will carry out this assignment,” he added.

He promised to do his utmost to carry out whatever responsibilities were given to him to benefit not only the Church in Dominica but the AEC. Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Bishop Gabriel Malzaire also made brief comments, with the Prime Minister asking the new cardinal to pray for the people of Dominica as they in turn pray for him. He also announced the appointment of his special adviser, Edward Lambert, as Dominica’s ambassador to the Holy See.  Then, it was time for dinner. The appetisers offered were kalaloo soup flavoured with smoked chicken or spicy pumpkin soup, while the main course comprised stuffed fish rolls served with passion fruit sauce, grilled chicken breast served with an oriental ginger sauce, roast beef served with mushroom sauce, vegetable fried rice, vegetable pasta salad, creamed kush-kush or potato rosettes, corn soufflé, glazed string beans and carrots in a cucumber ring, and Greek salad. Dessert was Alsatian pudding and mini fresh fruit kebabs.  During cocktails, Cardinal Felix mingled with guests, many of whom posed for photographs with the first English-speaking Caribbean cardinal.

– RS