A First for the College of Cardinals

Source: FSSPX News

Cardinal Anders Arborelius.

On the afternoon of December 6, 2017, Cardinal Anders Arborelius, bishop of Stockholm, was solemnly made titular bishop of St. Mary of the Angels. 

Scandinavia was evangelized in the 10th century, and this is the first time a Swedish bishop has ever been made a cardinal.

At the entry to the church of which he became the titular bishop, the Swedish “porporato” was greeted by Don Franco Cutrone, the parish pastor, who presented him with the crucifix to adore as the ritual prescribes.

Rev. Fr. Saverio Cannistra, superior general of the Order of the Carmelites, Fr. Pascal René Lung, O.P., vicar general of the diocese of Stockholm, and the Swedish ambassador to the Quirinal palace all assisted at the ceremony. Monsignor Diego Ravelli, pontifical master of ceremonies, directed the celebration.

To mark their special connection with the pope, the Bishop of Rome, each cardinal symbolically receives a Roman parish of which he is the titular pastor.

Born of Lutheran parents, Cardinal Arborelius converted to Catholicism at the age of 20. Two years later, he entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Norraby (Sweden). He was ordained a priest in Malmö in 1979.

Every year nearly a hundred Swedes, dissatisfied with the evolutions of Luther’s sect, convert to the Roman Catholic Church.