A New Cardinal for the Philippines

“I praise God! It’s a recognition of Cardinal Tagle’s giftedness and talents that can be of great service to the Pope and the Universal Church.”   – CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma 


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle will be elevated to the College of Cardinals today in a Consistory at 11 a.m. in Rome that will be broadcast live over EWTN  (5 p.m. in the Philippines).  

The consistory is a formal meeting of the Sacred College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.   

The 55-year-old Tagle will officially become the seventh Filipino Cardinal in the nearly five hundred-year history of the Catholic faith in the Philippines.  He will receive the red hat and ring, symbols of his membership in the College of Cardinals, during a solemn consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, which would take place on the eve of the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The three-cornered hat is said to be a symbol of a cardinal’s readiness to lay down his life for the gospel. It also signifies his rank in the Church that qualifies him to elect a pope. A Cardinal is also called a “Prince of the Church.”

They are Archbishop James Michael Harvey, prefect of the Pontifical Household; Bechara Boutros Raï, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon); Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara (India); Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja (Nigeria), and Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota (Colombia).



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