Pope names Canadian archbishop to Vatican communications council


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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The archbishop, who turns 63 Jan. 16, has posted "lectio divina" meditations on YouTube, where users can upload, view and share music videos, television clips and video content of their own creation.

The "lectio divina " meditations -- a prayerful reading and reflection on the Scripture -- were recorded during the archbishop's regular encounters with the faithful at St. Joseph's Basilica.

Since his installation as archbishop of Toronto in Jan. 2007, he has posted on his archdiocesan Web site dozens of podcasts of his homilies and holy day celebrations, as well as his meditations.

Archbishop Collins, who is president of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops, has had a long interest in Scripture and holds a licentiate in Scripture from Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute and a doctorate in theology from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University.