MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Canada's next cardinal is using Skype to reach out to some of his youngest fans.

Archbishop Thomas Collins, head of the Archdiocese of Toronto, will be formally elevated to the rank of cardinal on Saturday in Rome.

This morning, he dialled into a Toronto-area classroom by video chat and phone -- an event that left many of the youngsters star-struck.

The Grade 3 students at Holy Cross Catholic School in Mississauga, Ont., vied for a chance to ask Collins about his childhood, his hobbies and his goals.

They're hoping he'll follow up with a visit to the school.

The archbishop also spoke to students at his alma mater, Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in Guelph, Ont.