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Cardinal Tagle appointed Cardinal-Bishop, first from Asia

Former Archbishop of Manila named first Asian Cardinal-Bishop

MANILA – Pope Francis appointed former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle to the rank of Cardinal-Bishop.

In statement released early Friday evening in Manila, Vatican News said the appointment was made in an audience granted to Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute for General Affairs for the Secretariat of State last Tuesday, April 14.

According to the statement, in naming Cardinal Tagle to the Order of Bishops, Pope Francis made him equal in all respects to those Cardinals with suburbicarian Churches.

Cardinal Tagle, now 62 years old, served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples since February 2020. He was ordained priest in Imus, Cavite at age 24 on February 27,1982 and appointed Bishop of Imus at age 44 on October 22,2001.

He was later named Archbishop of Manila at age 54 on October 12,2011. He was elevated to Cardinal-Priest of San Felice da Cantalice a Centocelle at age 55 on November 24,2012.

He participated in the Conclave of 2013 and made two ad limina visits to the Vatican on December 2010 and May 2019.

The Holy Father also promoted Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, to the Order of Cardinal-Bishops, granting him the “title” of the suburbicarian Church of Porto-Santa Rufina. (Melo M. Acuña)

His Eminence Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle in file photos at the Manila Cathedral and Radio Veritas 50th Anniversary.


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