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Message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle On election of His Holiness Pope Francis

Let us join the whole Church and the world in thanking God for His special gift in the extraordinary person of Pope Francis. I thank you for your fervent prayers for the Cardinal Electors. We never felt alone even for a moment. Your love sustained us.

When I approached Pope Francis to assure him of the closeness and collaboration of the Filipinos, he said, “I have high hopes for the Philippines. May your faith prosper, as well as your devotion to Our Lady and mission to the poor.” What a compelling message from this humble man of God! All praise and glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Archbishop of Manila