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Religion & Culture | Archbishop-elect receives his symbol

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Archbishop-elect Kenneth Richards seen here without his pallium, the woolen vestment, marked with six black crosses, which is worn only by the Pope and Archbishops.

The mood within the local Roman Catholic Church community was euphoric last Wednesday as many watched, via television, Jamaican Archbishop-elect Kenneth Richards receive his pallium from the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

The pallium is a woollen vestment, marked with six black crosses, which is worn only by the Pope and archbishops.

It symbolises the jurisdiction given to elected archbishops and their connection to the Papacy and is presented to them before their installation.

The celebratory mood within the church came not only from the fact that a new Archbishop will be installed in the Archdiocese of Kingston, but at age 57, Richards is one of the youngest Jamaicans to be appointed to this position.

 

ADVOCATE OF THE POOR

 

A former student of St Catherine High, Richards is well known as an advocate for the poor.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and was the pastor of St Benedict's, St Patrick's, and the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Richards is coming from the Diocese of St John's, Basseterre, where he served as bishop since 2012.

He will be installed as the seventh Archbishop of Kingston on Wednesday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.