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‘Are you joking?’: new Toronto archbishop discusses appointment, background (America)

In a two-part interview (part 1, part 2), Archbishop Frank Leo discussed his shock at being appointed archbishop of Toronto at the age of 51—just five months after his ordination as a Montreal auxiliary bishop.

When the nuncio told him of his appointment, “I was absolutely stunned. I was not expecting it. No one was! I just froze. I had no words. Then I said, ‘Please repeat that. Are you joking?’”

Archbishop Leo also discussed his background at some length, including his decision to found the Canadian Mariological Society a decade ago. “I find there’s a great need to get to know the Mother of Christ, for our own personal journey of faith and for the good of the Church,” he said.


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