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First Haitian Cardinal makes visit to Boston


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ROXBURY -- Members of the Haitian community in Boston packed in and overfilled the pews as Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the first cardinal from their homeland, celebrated Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 22, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, commonly known as the Mission Church, on Tremont Street.

The cardinal celebrated the Mass in Haitian Creole, with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley present to greet him at the beginning.

"We are so delighted that Cardinal Langlois is here to participate in this annual celebration of our Haitian community at Mission Church, where they are honoring Our Lady of Perpetual Help," Cardinal O'Malley told The Pilot.

As one of the youngest cardinals in the Church, and the first Haitian cardinal, Cardinal Langlois holds great significance to the Haitian community in Boston.

"I think it was an event that reenergized our Haitian Catholic community. I think it lifted them up, made them feel at touch of home, and you could certainly see everywhere that the cardinal went in the midst of the Haitian community there was a great pride that they were welcoming this man, who is now the first cardinal from Haiti," said Father Michael C. Harrington, director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity.

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