Cardinal Chibly Langlois to celebrate Mass in Little Haiti, home to the largest Haitian community in U.S.
Mass in Little Haiti, Miami this year was a special service for all those who attended the November 23 event in what is the largest concentration of Haitians in the United States. This special service was made so by the presence of Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the Diocese of Les Cayes, Haiti. The yellow T-shirt-clad parishioners came out en masse to see Haiti's first cardinal, the youngest appointed in his batch earlier this year, and the only one not already an archbishop, a title he was honored with shortly after.
The ascension of Bishop Chibly Langlois from Haiti to the Cardinal of the Catholic Church is considered by many as a disapproval of the service of Dominican Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez by Vatican. As a successor to Cardinal Antonio Beras Octavio Rojas, López Rodríguez was appointed as the Cardinal for the entire Quisqueya on July 28, 1991. Cardinal Nicolás Rodríguez has become infamous for his racist remark in favor of resolution 168/13 that stripped away the most basic constitutional rights of nearly 210,000 innocent undocumented Dominicans of which majority are Haitian. Many countries, such as United States, Venezuela, Cuba and CARICOM member states has openly expressed their displeasure against his advocacy for resolution 168/13.
The new Cardinal from Haiti, Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes is a 55 year old tireless man who was born in a poor family from La Valle in southeast Haiti. He never forgot his impoverished childhood and always has maintained a close contact with the most vulnerable, distressed ordinary people even in most difficult circumstances. His ascension as the Cardinal is regarded by many as the recognition of his great service to the destitute victims of earthquake and a mark of trust to someone who can lead the work of Vatican in a new direction. Bishop Chibly Langlois is the president of the Haitian bishops' conference, youngest among the 19 new cardinals who will be formally elevated in consistory on February 22nd and the only non-archbishop in the group.