Who is Bishop Chibly Langlois, Haiti New Cardinal?

On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis has selected Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes as the first Haitian cardinal. The new cardinal is a 55 year old tireless worker who never forgot his impoverished childhood.


Chibly Langlois was born in La Valle in southeast Haiti and rose in a poor family. He is one among the 19 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on January 12. He is the youngest and the only non-archbishop in the group. The Haitian Catholic leaders believe this selection by Pope is a recognition of his service to the victims of devastating earthquake in 2010. The seismic activity killed over 220,000 people three years ago and left 1.5 million homeless. Even the archbishop of the capital city Port-au-Prince died in the quake and the city's iconic cathedral was toppled. It is truly a historic news for Haiti and a big appreciation of its church's dedicated work undertaken in difficult time in the post-earthquake period.

Bishop Chibly Langlois as the president of the Haitian bishops' conference guided the church to take a leading role in providing education to the impoverished children and creating opportunities for the youth. He has always maintained close touch with ordinary people and represented the face of new Haitian church dedicated for the well being of the country's most vulnerable residents. It is a great appreciation no doubt in a country where hitherto the involvement of church in politics had remained a tradition.

Bishop Chibly Langlois, the president of Haiti's Bishops' Conference entered Port-au-Prince's major seminary in 1985 and he became ordained to serve six years later. He was appointed as bishop of Fort-Liberte by Pope John Paul II in 2004 and later became the bishop of Les Cayes on 15 August 2011.

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