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Archbishop Tagle named Cardinal

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle has been named Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. He made the announcement of a consistory on November 24, 2012, creating six new cardinals including Archbishop Tagle after his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square on October 24.  


 


Cardinal-elect Tagle, 55,  is in Rome attending the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. He was appointed by the Pope to serve as vice-president of the Synod’s Commission on the Message. He is expected to return to the Philippines on November 1.

The Pope said to the crowd after his usual catechesis, “It is with great joy that I announce my intention to hold a consistory on November 24th in which I will appoint six new members of the College of Cardinals. Cardinals have the task of helping Peter’s Successor carry out his mission to confirm people in the faith and to be the source and foundation of the Church’s unity and communion.” He further said that “the new cardinals fulfill their ministry in the service of the Holy See or as fathers and pastors of particular Churches in various parts of the world.”

The other five named Cardinals are Archbishop James Michael Harvey of the United States, prefect of the Pontifical Household, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites of Lebanon, His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars of India, Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria and Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Columbia.

The Philippines has two other Cardinals, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu. Both are past 80 years old and are thus not eligible to vote in a conclave. The new members of the College of Cardinals will bring the number to 122 Cardinals who can vote in the conclave.

In his report on the new cardinals, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter said  Archbishop Tagle is “considered one of the brightest theological minds among the Asia bishops and also one of their best communicators.” He said that Archbishop Tagle, “has turned heads during the current Synod of Bishops on new evangelization for his emphasis on a humbler, simpler church with a greater capacity for silence.”  
At the conclusion of his surprise announcement, the Holy Father invited the faithful to pray for the new cardinals, “asking for the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that they may always love Christ and his Church with courage and dedication.”



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