Tune in to see Quebec Archbishop to receive pallium on Wednesday

Archbishop Gérald Lacroix will be one of 40 Archbishops from around the world to receive the pallium on Wednesday.

[singlepic id=24 h=200 float=right]Every year in Rome at Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI imposes the pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops who have been named in the past year.

To impose a pallium may sound like harsh language, but to wear it is a great responsibility. It is a symbol of union with the Pope, and a visible sign in the sharing of his mission. Similar to a stole, it loops over the Archbishop’s shoulders, with pieces hanging down the front and back. It is also made out of wool, invoking the idea of the Good Shepherd carrying his sheep.

Archbishop Lacroix will be the only Canadian to receive a pallium this year. He was named as the Archbishop of Quebec City in February, replacing Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who was appointed last June as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

The Mass will also take on a special significance this year, as it marks the 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood for Pope Benedict.

Tune into Salt + Light Television for the Pallium Mass on Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00am ET/7:00am PT, or catch the encore presentation 8:00pm ET / 9:00pm PT.

Canadian Archbishop to Receive Pallium on Tuesday’s feast of Sts Peter & Paul

Tuesday marks the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

legattAs always, it is also the day that Metropolitan Archbishops who have been appointed in the last 12 months receive the Pallium. The Pallium symbolizes their role as shepherds and teachers (Fr. Rosica’s offers more on the Pallium in a blog entry from 2009 HERE).

This year, Pope Benedict XVI will impose the Pallium on one Canadian Archbishop: Archbishop Albert LeGatt of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba.

He’ll join 37 other Archbishops from around the world who have gathered in Rome to receive the Pallium and celebrate Mass with the Holy Father.

Join S+L Vatican correspondent Alicia Ambrosio for full coverage of this special Mass.  It will be broadcast live on Tuesday, June 29th at 3:30am ET, followed by an encore presentation at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT.

Leading up to the Pallium Mass, join Salt + Light Monday, June 28th at 12:00pm ET as the Holy Father presides over first Vespers for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

As always, you can visit our Papal Events page for more information on our coverage of the Holy Father’s upcoming activities.