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Cardinal Tagle – the First Filipino Cardinal-Bishop

MANILA, Philippines — Friday, May 1, Pope Francis has promoted Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as Cardinal-Bishop, the highest rank in the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals.

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Tagle left his seat as Archbishop of Manila after he was appointed by Pope Francis to take the position of Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

He is the first Filipino to be named cardinal-bishop, according to Father Greg Gaston, rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, the home of Filipino priests in Rome.

“Latest news, it has been three hours since the Pope made this appointment public. Among the cardinals, let’s say there are 120 active cardinals and 200 around the world. This 11 cardinal-bishops, they are in Rome, assigned in the Vatican.” according to Pontificio Collegio Filippino Rector Fr. Greg Gaston.

“They are the ones the Pope can call anytime, for a meeting, consultation with the Pope concerning the Church, about the other cardinals, about any topic that are close collaborators of the Pope,” he added.

The present active Cardinal-Bishops are:

  • Giovanni Cardinal Battista Re (Italy) – the incumbent Dean of College of Cardinals
  • Leonardo Cardinal Sandri (Argentina) – College of Cardinals Vice Dean, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
  • Angelo Cardinal Sodano Albano (Italy) – Dean emeritus of the College of Cardinals
  • Francis Cardinal Arinze Velletri (Nigeria) – Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  • Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Cardinal Bertone, S.D.B. (Italy) – Secretary Emeritus of the Secretariat of State
  • José Cardinal Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. (Portugal) – Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
  • Pietro Cardinal Parolin (Italy) – Secretary of State
  • Marc Armand Cardinal Ouellet, P.S.S. (Canada) – Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
  • Fernando Cardinal Filoni (Italy) – Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

As per Vatican News, the new Cardinal-Bishops are: 

  • Beniamino Cardinal Stella Porto (Italy) – Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
  • Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle (Philippines) – Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

On the other hand, Bishop Broderick Pabillo was appointed by Pope Francis as the “Apostolic Administrator” of the Manila archdiocese.