H.E. Charles Angelo Savarin, President of Dominica, has written to Archbishop Kelvin Felix on his appointment by Pope Francis as Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his letter dated January 13, 2014, President Savarin stated that news of the
appointment of Archbishop Felix as Cardinal “has brought us incredible joy.”
President Savarin told Archbishop Felix that his elevation as Cardinal is a wonderful gift to the Province
of Castries, to the entire region and especially to all Dominicans.
“As the first Cardinal to be appointed from within the ranks of the Antilles Episcopal Conference
(ACE), your appointment signifies the recognition the AEC has gained in the eyes of His Holiness. It
will surely serve to inspire and motivate the clergy in our region, led by their bishops and archbishops,
to work even harder in caring for the flock of Jesus Christ. The importance of this cannot be
overemphasized since we live at a time when a creeping materialism and secularism are slowly
eroding biblical values and fostering disrespect for the dignity of the human person and institutions of
Congratulatory message from Prime Minister Skerrit
Prime Minister Skerrit believes that the appointment of Archbishop Felix is in “recognition of his
exceptional contribution to the church and his leadership in the diocese of Castries over so many
years and his knowledge of the workings of the Catholic Church, knowledge of the faith”.
The Prime Minister said that the appointment of Archbishop Felix as Cardinal is an inspiration for Dominicans.
“For us, as Dominicans, it is also a very important reference point that someone who could come from a very small village in Dominica and not from a well to do family has been able through his own scholarly work, his own dedication to hard work, his commitment to this job and to his faith that over the years as a result of these things and other things he has been promoted from time to time within the framework of the Catholic Church. So for Catholics in Dominica, Catholics in the Caribbean and
indeed Latin America and the Americas it is a real day of joy for all of us as Catholics and the citizenry as a whole. I really want to congratulate him and to say to him that we shall continue to pray for him as he prayed for all of us and to celebrate his appointment.”
Archbishop Felix will officially be ordained Cardinal at a ceremony in Rome on February 22, 2014.
H.E. Dr Nicholas Liverpool, Former President of Dominica will represent the Government of Dominica at that