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Glasnost at the Vatican?

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Pope Francis might just visit typhoon-devastated Leyte, which has more than 1 million Catholic faithful. AP FILE PHOTO

A “small chapel” is how Pope Francis describes what the Roman Catholic Church might wind up becoming if it keeps playing the role of morally superior know-it-all.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Cardinal Tagle: Pope Francis thought I had just come from kindergarten

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Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, makes a sign of the cross on the foreheads of devotees during a mass in observance of Ash Wednesday which ushers the 45-day Lenten Season Wednesday February 13, 2013 in Manila. AP FILE PHOTO

Attending a meeting in Rome two weeks ago, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle got a dose of Pope Francis’ sense of humor.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Filipinos rooting for Manila Archbishop Tagle

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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

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.”

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

US sex abuse victims favor Tagle

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle: Sixth Vatican appointment. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Out of the 115-member conclave that will elect the next Pope, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is one of only two cardinals who show “promising” signs of dealing adequately with the sex abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church, according to a US-based group of clergy sex abuse survivors.

Posted: March 9th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Filipino Catholics pray for smooth succession

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Pope Benedict XVI AP PHOTO

Filipinos in Asia’s largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation on Sunday went to church that awkwardly had no pope for the first time in 600 years and prayed for the smooth rise of a successor to Benedict XVI who can lead an embattled church.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Bishop: Don’t bet on papal derby

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Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles (left) and Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo  PHOTOS FROM CBCPONLINE.NET

Don’t bet on it.

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

CNN pundit calls Tagle the ‘Great Asian Hope’

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Newly elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, left, is greeted by cardinals after receiving the red three-cornered biretta hat by Pope Benedict XVI. AP

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the second youngest member of the College of Cardinals which will elect the next Pope, has been tagged by Church observers as one of the papabile, or the cardinals who may likely become the Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.1 billion members around the world.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Let there be a mama

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Pope Benedict XVI AP PHOTO

I’ll say this for Pope Benedict XVI and his unexpected announcement that he would step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of this month, and relinquish the burdens of an office that he says he no longer can carry: it’s a frank and commendable assessment of his own failed tenure, with the clear implication that faith, prayer, and an insistence on staunchly conservative views are no longer, if ever they were, enough to lead 1.2 billion Catholics into an ever more complicated world.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

It’s now Cardinal Tagle

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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 »

Archbishop Tagle joins ranks of cardinals Saturday

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle: Sixth Vatican appointment. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle will become a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, giving the Philippines one vote should there be a need to elect a new pope.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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