Tagle heads for Rome to become a cardinal


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle left for Rome last night to attend the consistory that would make him a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church on Nov. 24 at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Tagle left on a Cathay Pacific flight at 8 p.m. accompanied his parents, Manuel and Milagros Tagle, his predecessor, Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, who will also attend the consistory, and several priests from the archdiocese of Manila.

“Thank you for your assurances of prayer and support as I welcome this new grace of being one of the cardinals of the Church. I ask that you pray, too, for our Holy Father Benedict XVI, the archdiocese of Manila and the Church in the Philippines and in Asia,” Tagle said in a post on his Facebook page.

Peachy Yamsuan, archdiocese of Manila communications chief, said Tagle “was also accompanied by (his private secretary), Fr. Reggie Malicdem, and lay faithful from Manila who want to be a part of this. His relatives from the United States, including his brother, will also be going.”

Yamsuan said former archbishop of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was also expected to fly to Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 24 named Tagle, along with five other prelates from outside Europe to the College of Cardinals.

The other new princes of the Church are Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, who will be appointed Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls; His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon); His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara (India); Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), and Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia).

At 55, Tagle will be the youngest cardinal of the Church. He is the seventh Filipino cardinal after Rufino Santos, Julio Rosales, Jaime L. Sin, Ricardo Vidal, Jose Sanchez and Gaudencio Rosales.

Yamsuan said the public can watch the consistory on Saturday at 5 p.m., Philippine time, over cable channel EWTN. In the Vatican, it will be 11 a.m.

At the elevation ceremony, the new cardinals will be presented their rings and receive their zucchetti (skullcap) and birette (four-cornered silk hat), both in scarlet.

The Pope will then assign the new cardinals their titular churches in the diocese of Rome, in keeping with the ancient tradition that cardinals, as electors of the next Pope, must be members of the Roman diocesan clergy.

After the rites, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., friends and relatives of the new princes of the Church may pay them “courtesy visits” in designated areas in the Vatican.

On Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI will concelebrate a Mass with the new cardinals at St. Peter’s Basilica. Later that day, Tagle will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

On Monday morning, the Pope will hold a general audience for the new cardinals and their guests at the Paul VI Audience Hall.

Yamsuan said Tagle was scheduled to return to the Philippines on Nov. 29.

The College of Cardinals will now have 211 members, 120 of whom will be eligible to vote for a Pope in conclave since they are under the age of 80.

Tagle will be the only voting Filipino cardinal as Rosales and Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Ricardo Vidal are 80 and 81 years old, respectively.

American journalist Rocco Palmo, meanwhile, said Tagle had become one of global Catholicism’s most “liked” major figures in social media.

Writing in his blog, Whispers in the Loggia, Palmo said Tagle’s Facebook page had been liked by more than 100,000 followers while American prelates like the cardinals of Philadelphia and even New York “both remained to break 20,000.”

“At long last, a cardinal of the social media church,” said Palmo. With a report from Jerome Aning

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  • Alexander Aamproz

    “Prince of the Church”
    Cardinal Sin smelled C.I.A, what about Tagle ?

    God don’t need any Prince or Pope, 
    only sitting power’s need them to abuse the masses.

    • rizalmanalo

       God don’t need…[wrong], God doesn’t need…[check].  Hindi mo nga alam basic grammar mo, how dare you to say “what God wants”. Pretender!

      • Alexander Aamproz

        World No 1 “Pretender” is an Obsolete Vatican,
        despised by the majority of the European,
        blessed by ignorant’s Third World masses, former colonies,
        Vatican best customer’s,
        Thank’s fake text books ?

        The most famous and beautiful Cathedral’s are hopelessly empty,
        one priest handling four  unmaintained Churches is common.
        Erased or turned into social housing’s when they have no architectural value.
        Some are perfect for social’s events or museum

        I beg your pardon for my poor English I never learned, 
        but grammar isn’t the topic of the comment, found better argument !

        Post Tenebras Lux !

        Bruxelles Cathedral Sunday goers decreased from one thousand
        to 30 during the last 10 years….
        I let you guest the age of those 30 who will be soon gone to the Lord,
        next generation, none will left,
        except few with psychological’s problems, not grammar !

        Suggest you to go to educate Europe Capital peoples who where known to be among the “Black Catholic’s”(fundamentalist)
        Leuven(Belgium) University is known to be among the best for Theology.

        Good luck, Backward !

  • bgcorg

    To God be all the glory!  The sycophants, cynics and anti-clerics may be critical, but in His time, God would be glorified in his servants.  Amen.

  • Bengatibo

    Now Philippines have Cardinal we hope to curtail the Bishops in meddling in our political affairs!!!

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