Filipinos rooting for Manila Archbishop Tagle


Roman Catholic devotees receive Holy Communion during a Mass at the start of the prayer vigil Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Manila Archbishop chapel in Manila, Philippines, to coincide with the conclave at the Vatican to select a new Pope. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

MANILA, Philippines—On the eve of the papal conclave, Catholics rooting for Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle got an unexpected boost with the release of the Italian translation of his 8-year-old book intended to re-ignite the “value of community in a divided world.”

Tagle’s “Easter People: Living Community,” first published in New York in 2005, was republished in Italy as “Gente di Pasqua” more than a week before the members of the College of Cardinals met at the Sistine Chapel to elect the Church’s 266th Pope.

This has made Tagle’s theology and vision for the Church more accessible to Italians, who have yet to see a “home-grown” pontiff since the brief papacy of Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) in 1978.

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan welcomed the Italian translation of Tagle’s work but preferred not to associate it with the cardinal’s chances of becoming the next Pope.

Popular with Vatican watchers

“I don’t know if that would contribute to his being better known by the cardinal-electors. I think it’s too late for that,” Cruz said by phone on Tuesday. “But I think it’s good because more Italians will get to know him more through the book. He’s a very good theologian.”

Cruz acknowledged the popularity of Tagle among Vatican watchers and within the Roman Curia and fellow cardinals.

“Assuming that despite all the prayers and support he was not elected Pope, in all probability, the new Pope would take him in as a member of the Curia,” he said, citing such departments as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Clergy.

A check with showed the American edition of Tagle’s “Easter People” was temporarily out of stock.

‘Great season of hope’

The Italian translation drew a rave review from the Vatican Insider website, which described Tagle as a “popular theologian and lecturer” and “highly esteemed” by Benedict XVI.

In the book, Tagle invites the faithful to focus on Easter as a “great season of hope,” an “essential element of community,” which is likewise “a powerful sign of hope to a shattered world.”

“We live in a time and in a world where signs of despair abound,” he writes. “Our life is marked by fragmentation, exclusion, violence and destruction in families, neighborhoods, nations and the whole world. Women and men of our time therefore yearn for true communities where they can experience peace and wholeness.”

Tagle says: “The Easter event, Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, gives us a new lease on life. We hope that as an Easter people we can share the light of Easter to dispel the darkness of alienation that has covered the world.”

As a “gift,” faith is “our response of commitment to a new life with (the Risen Lord) as we remember Him through the Word He speaks and the bread He breaks,” he says.

Prayer vigil

As the cardinals met in the Vatican, Catholic youth groups and Marian devotees in Manila called on Catholics to pray for the conclave.

YouthPinoy, a youth group promoting online evangelization under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said its members would hold a daily prayer vigil—from 5 p.m. until midnight—at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, Manila.

“(The Mass will) be followed by an hourly vigil until midnight and every night thereafter, from 5 p.m. to midnight, until a new Pope is proclaimed,” the group said in a statement.

Lay leaders of the National Movement for Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, composed of groups promoting devotion to the Virgin Mary, also called for prayers.

“In humble supplication to Mary, we beg for an overflow from the abundance of the graces of the Mater Ecclesiae for the Universal Church during these days of waiting and anticipation,” it said.

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  • ruben_bush

    The Catholic Church is still a racist church. It will still be a European Pope or a white anglo-saxon Pope from North America.

    • kanoy


      • UrHONOR

        OO nga….”matulin magpatakbo” ang mga “masayahing” mga TNL na yan!

      • kanoy


      • UrHONOR

        AND in PH, “they” expect everyone else, including the government, to be at their beck and call.

  • bongarroyo

    E di lalo silang nakialam sa palakad ng gobyerno niyan pag si tagle ang napili…

    • kismaytami

      Yari ang mga Italians pag nagkataon.

  • Constantine

    I hope that Cardinal Tagle can start the cleansing of the church in Bacoilod diocese by removing from the clergy Team Tatay as follows: Father Felix Pasquin, Father Samson Mariano, Father Henryk Villanueva, Father Alfonso Arrojo and Father Brethren Rye Gamala. The aforementioned priests sired several children from 1 or two women and yet still active in the clergy. We agree that they became real Fathers as they have fathered children but isn’t this one of the highest form of hypocrisy? And being hypocrite is a mortal sin? Was there an investigation initiated, conducted and completed by Team Patay Bishop Navarra? Or there was another cover up? Act fast Monsignor Tagle as people are now converting to other faith due to irresponsible Damasos!

    • kanoy


  • bogli_anakdami

    kapag si kaksucker padre dumbasso archibisupsop card tagle becomes the new papa sa roma, all flipland traposakals, magnanakaws, and criminals will have a private mass with him… ebridey, ‘sang tambaks ang tonggressmen at senatongs will have a biznez tripping to italia to cheer up flip gung gong papa sa roma…

    santa ate imeldafuck, santa ate glo, and ms kaksucker akin’o will go tripping sa roma… syempre kasama ang shopping at piktyur para pang peysbuk…

    yun lang…

    • UrHONOR

      WOW! Saan pinaglihi yang mahalimuyak mong bocadora… imburnal o sa Malabanan? Lintik din naman yang natutunan mong lenguahe, ano, parang sa Komunista…..CLASSLESS society. Kung maaari….kung maaari lang naman……bawas-bawasan mo, kahit katiting man lamang, ang pagdaloy ng mga layak sa mabulaklakin mong dila at baka magbara ang mga sewer lines sa Disqus na masipag sumala ng mga put-i, pero ang mga bol-tu na tibi’, lumulusot ng maluwalhati!

  • Jane Tan

    Considering the “ugali” of your average Pinoy, electing Tagle as the new Pope would only do us more harm than good.

    For one thing, magiging mayabang ang mga taong wala naman ipagmamayabang.

    • UrHONOR

      MERON din namang ipinagyayabang ang mga Pinoy….si Pacquiao at si Sotto! :)

      • Jane Tan

        Lol MNLF sa Sabah din.

  • unokritiko

    If tagle wins the pope, thats the end of christianity and catholic in the whole world!!!
    A meltdown in vatican!!!


    >>>Roman Catholic devotees receive Holy Communion during a Mass at the start of the prayer vigil Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Manila Archbishop chapel in Manila, Philippines, to coincide with the conclave at the Vatican to select a new Pope<<<

    PAG nanalo si Chito, "Our prayers are powerful and effective…..the lord heard us".

    Pero pag natalo, "It is god's will and humbly we'll receive it". Nakasalo sa bawat dulo….parehong may dahilan. Sabi nga, e, "Esteremenggoles, magkabilang dulo'y tulis. "Cruz, panalo tayo; kara, talo sila. Such is the nub of the belief. And all the whys and wherefores are neatly tucked up in the sleeves of the men in white gowns, efficiently CONTROLLING by the yagbadoodles all the meek and gullible sheeple. 'Ika nga, WALANG KAWALA'….tangan sa leeg at sa yabag.

  • Yobhtron

    Anong klaseng report eto? Alangan naman rooting for another nationality ang mga Pinoys. Kahit sino manalo diyan ay dapat huwag niyang pagtakpan ang mga sex offenders na pari at bishops ng RCC at parusahan din ang mga Damaso na nakikiaalam sa gobyerno.

  • Albert

    The headline is wrong. it is CBCP who is rooting for a filipino pope.

    If he is elected the CPCP will become unbearable.

    Remember pride and greed are sins

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