Pope Francis names Tagle among top-ranking cardinals

MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis has promoted Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the order of “cardinal bishops”, the highest rank within the College of Cardinals, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced on Friday.

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Luis Tagle.
Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Luis Tagle. Photo Credit: AFP via ABS-CBN News

The former Manila archbishop Tagle and Cardinal Beniamino Stella from Italy have joined the ranks of 12 others who are mostly from the Latin rite and three cardinal patriarchs from the Oriental Churches.

The College of Cardinals has three ranks: cardinal deacons, cardinal priests, and cardinal bishops.

Cardinal bishops hold jurisdiction over a church in a suburb of Rome, while working in departments of the Roman Curia, the central administration of the church.

The 62-year-old Tagle left the country in February to assume his post as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, a powerful Vatican office overseeing the church’s vast mission territories.

Also known as “Propaganda Fidei,” its prefect is also known as the “red pope” because of its considerable power in the Roman Curia and the appointment of bishops in mission lands.

Since his elevation as cardinal, he was also given the church of St. Felix of Cantalice in the Centocelle as his “titular church”.

Cardinal Tagle’s new appointment was made on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Incidentally, he was appointed to the top Vatican post last Dec. 8, 2019, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

— The Summit Express

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