our first-ever cardinal: anders arborelius


Even if I’m not a believer as such … I have a faith, even if it doesn’t belong to any specific religion.

Still, I think it’s amazing that we now have a cardinal in Sweden. The first ever!!! Anders Arborelius.


Just now there is a Thanksgiving  Mass in St. Eriks catholic cathedral in Stockholm with Cardinal Anders Arborelius.

Pope Francis created five new cardinals in a ceremony in the Vatican 28 June 2017: our Arborelius, along with four new cardinals from El Salvador, Spain, Laos and Mali.


Cardinal Arborelius was born on 24 September 1949 in Sorengo, Switzerland, to Swedish parents, and grew up in Lund in Scania. He was raised as a Lutheran and always showed a lot of interest in the contemplative life, saying, “I always had this longing for a life of prayer and silent adoration.”After a year-and-a-half-long process, he observed, “Truth has been given to me through the Catholic faith,” and converted to Catholicism at the age of 20.

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In November 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed Arborelius Bishop of Stockholm, and he was consecrated on 29 December 1998.

I like when the history of the good kind is created and documented.


His motto  is “In Laudem Gloriae” – “God for praise and honour”

For all Catholic Swedes and foreigners – this is a truly big event … and I share their joy and pride, even if I don’t share their beliefs.

I don’t know much about Cardinal Arborelius, but I know he has a very healthy view on the society we have today. Still, I think the Cardinal will have to balance very carefully.

Sweden one of the world’s least religious countries. Only 17% of Swedes think religion plays a major role in their lives. Last with only 14%  is Estonia.


“I think that’s what we’re going to do with all people, not to divide them into categories we should classify like that, but we’ll receive them with the same care, warmth and love that we do with other people. I think it is important that we have the attitude that every human being is created in God’s image, every human being has the right to our care, our love and our interest. If we have this basic attitude then that does not have to be a problem, I would say. And that is true of other groups too, because we know we humans tend to exclude some from our love. It can be very different, thinking about who does not feel at home with us. What is what we may consciously or unconsciously exclude.”


“Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you,
but don’t make me wear your shoes.”
George Carlin

7 thoughts on “our first-ever cardinal: anders arborelius

  1. Wise words. We don’t need religion to love each other, Vivi. But it’s not always easy to love. Wishing you a peaceful happy Sunday, filled with love. 🙂 🙂 And a hug or two!

    • Jo, I couldn’t agree more with you. Race, religion and colour shouldn’t be a problem today. We don’t have to love everyone, but we need to respect everyone. I will use up the hugs!! Thank you … APleasantSundayHug.

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