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Faces in world places: From Rome to Sochi, NH shines

February 24. 2014 7:22PM

New Hampshire has been on the world stage in recent weeks and it is a credit to this small state that it has produced top-caliber individuals across many fields.

The Winter Olympics has been an obvious focal point, but we would start by noting the elevation, in Rome over the weekend, of a man raised and schooled in Manchester who one day will likely be among the small number of men to elect the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

That’s pretty heady stuff for Gerald Cardinal Lacroix, who now oversees the Archdiocese of Quebec but not that long ago was a student at Trinity High School and then at St. Anselm College and who still returns to see his parents and to attend Mass at St. Anthony.

His election to cardinal is a positive step for him and a hopeful step for a church that despite its troubles continues to have many fine clergy and a new pontiff for whom the faithful have a renewed sense of optimism. We wish him the best.

And the best is what New Hampshire athletes, including young stars like Mikaela Shiffrin and the “old” veterans such as Bode Miller and Kris Freeman showed the nation and the world at the Sochi Winter Games. By making the cross-country team, Freeman, especially, showed what guts and determination can do.

Miller, too, did himself proud, especially coming back to win a bronze in giant slalom after being way behind in an earlier round.

Indeed, if you turned on national TV at pretty much any time in the past few weeks, there was a New Hampshire connection to see. From a Best in Breed Chinook in the Westminster Dog Show to talented local singer Alex Preston’s continued success on the “American Idol” program, the Granite State was well represented.

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