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Cardinal Tagle: I don’t know what to expect in coming conclave to elect next pope


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Described by a highly respected Vatican analyst as the only viable candidate to the papacy from the developing world, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle admitted on Sunday to the uncertainty of what to expect in the election of a new pope.

Speaking  at the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) Leaders’ Forum held at the Gateway Suites in Quezon City, Tagle said that having been named to the position of cardinal only two months ago, he still felt new to the position.

He said that he has only been archbishop of Manila for more than a year and was in the middle of learning to be a shepherd to the capital when he was named cardinal.

“I have only been a cardinal for two months and now I am already embarking on one of the most important duties of a cardinal, which I would admit I still know nothing about,” he told the gathering in Filipino.

Tagle added, “I am still reading up on what cardinals really do to elect a new pope,” drawing laughter from the audience.

He called himself, “Bagitong-bagito (really new, a greenhorn).”

Italian journalist Sandro Magister, described to be a highly respected Vaticanisti (Vatican expert), had written about Tagle’s capability of attracting votes in the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.

In the Magister’s article published on his website, he said that the archbishop of Manila has become “the focus of growing attention” and said that the age of the country’s cardinal at 56 years old would not pose an obstacle to his election to the papacy in the face of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication due to the complications of old age.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    on cnn todays news they talked about a pope coming from a third wold country. they talked about africa and latin america and showed the possible popes asia wasnt mentioned.

    • kanoy

        The pope, as the visible ruler of this-RCC-immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century.
      No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.

      Matthew 19:24
      And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


      Jeremiah 7:11
      Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

      The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence.

      the Roman Catholic Church is the second largest owner of property in the world
      The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.

  • palakasantayo

    The select few in the Vatican who controls the purse of this huge financial evangelical institution has the eyes and influence who would be the next Pope. Cardinal Tagle is right, he is still learning the rope but, this is what this select few wants. They want somebody whom they can manipulate. Why do you think Pope Benedict summoned the help of a German accounting firm to look into the business of Vatican? This financial issue must be huge and that’s the reason why he said a body of an 85 year old can not withstand the rigors of daily Papal activities. To be honest… I would like Cardinal Tagle to be the next Pope. He is a new blood, new face coming from impoverished country, maybe, he could bring in new idea like distribute the wealth of the Church to the needies of the world. Since the beginning, Vatican has enjoyed in the receiving end and not the giving end. They have so much money and they don’t know what to do with it. The select few I alluded to has the last say and the Pope just follows.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

    Always assume that Tagle will be next Pope. I like the attitude of Pilipino people,, they still like to assume, make “kuentong kutsero”, make statements with no scientific basis, alway rely on statements of person who told them that this and that.

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