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Catholics create ‘virtual conclave’ for new pope

BREATHLESSLY TALKED TOPIC Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal arrive for another preconclave meeting at the Vatican on Friday as cardinals discuss the Church’s problems and direction, the qualities of a new Pope, and on the sidelines, to size up each other. AFP

A pastor in Ontario wondered about behind-the-scenes politicking ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope. He could have read news reports or listened to briefings by the Vatican spokesman. Instead, he asked a cardinal. Less than an hour later, the response arrived.

Posted: March 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

It’s now Cardinal Tagle

Newly-installed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, right, receives the red three-cornered biretta hat as he is elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday. AP

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday elevated six churchmen, including the Philippines’ Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, to cardinals, bringing a more geographically diverse mix to the elite club that will elect the next pope.

Posted: November 25th, 2012 in Banner Story,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Vatican looks beyond Europe with new cardinal nominees

Luis Antonio Tagle

Six non-European prelates, including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, are set to join the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals on Saturday, a move welcomed by critics concerned that the body which will elect the future pope is too Eurocentric.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »