Aquino welcomes elevation of Tagle to Cardinal of Catholic Church

October 26, 2012 10:53 pm 

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 26 — President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the recent elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle as the new Cardinal of the Catholic Church in the Philippines by Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican.

“Archbishop Tagle is somebody I really admire from way back, and it’s really a credit to what he has done for the church and for its followers to be recognized and given this singular honor. And we applaud the decision of the Vatican in naming him as Cardinal,” President Aquino said in an interview by the Philippine media delegation Thursday evening here.

Tagle, 55, succeeded Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales to become the 32nd Archbishop of Manila.

He is widely known for his conservatism and charismatic nature, highlighting many social issues in the country with emphasis on helping the poor and the needy.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Divinity from Ateneo and, later, a Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree at the Loyola School of Theology before completing a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America from 1987 to 1991, summa cum laude.

Apart from Tagle, Pope Benedict XVI also named five other new cardinals who would be elevated at a consistory on November 24, including Monsignor James Harvey, the American prefect of the pope's household; Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan; Archbishop of Bogota, Colombia Ruben Salazar Gomez; Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon, Bechara Boutros Rai; and the major Archbishop of the Trivandrum of the Siro-Malankaresi in India, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal.

Tagle’s selection as cardinal by the Vatican adds to the euphoria that thousands of Filipinos still have following the recent canonization of the second Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod, last Sunday. (PNA)

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