Friday, 01 May 2020 18:39

Cardinal Tagle appointed as Cardinal Bishop in Rome

His Holiness Pope Francis, has appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, as Cardinal Bishop according to a Rescript published on Friday, May 1, 2020.

The Holy See Press Office released a Rescript about Pope Francis' decision of adding Cardinal Tagle to the highest order of the College of Cardinals, the Order of Cardinal Bishops.

Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle | File Photo of RCAM-AOC 

The College of Cardinals is composed of 3 levels--the Cardinal Deacons, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Bishops. The lower level of Cardinals are the Cardinal Deacons, those Cardinals who usually work in the Roman Curia. Cardinal Priests are those who are assigned in the more important dioceses in the different parts of the world.  Most Cardinals are in this level. Some of them also hold office at the Roman Curia. Cardinal Bishops are those who are at the highest level in the College of Cardinals and usually hold suburbicarian titles of important churches around Rome.

Together with Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, was also elevated to the Order of Cardinal-Bishops.

The Filipino Cardinal is now among the only 11 Cardinal-Bishops of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Tagle was previously the Archbishop of Manila before he was appointed as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on December 8, 2019. He left the Philippines in February 2020 to assume his post at the Vatican. (Fatima Llanza and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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