MANILA—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle will be formally elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 24. Archbishop Tagle left the country for Rome yesterday to attend the Consistory on Saturday to be presided by Pope Benedict XVI. The Consistory is a formal meeting of the College of Cardinals.
Last October 24, Tagle and five others, including two other Asians was named Cardinal by the Pope.
Coinciding with the pronouncement of the new cardinals, the Pope also called for a Consistory, during which he said, “the Cardinals have the task of helping the Successor of Peter in the performance of his ministry of confirming the brethren in the faith, and that of being the principle and foundation of unity and communion of the Church.” Prayers were also asked by the pope for the newly elected.
The following were named to the College of Cardinals: Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, who will be appointed Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon), His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro- Malankara (India), Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia), Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines). They all came from the continents of America, Africa and Asia.
Tagle is the seventh Filipino Cardinal, the first being Rufino Cardinal Santos. After the Consistory rites on November 24, the College of Cardinals will have 211 cardinals; of this number 120 are eligible to vote in conclave since they will be under the required 80 years of age.
Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales and some priests joined the Cardinal-designate in the flight for Rome.
Tagle’s parents and other close relatives and a number of Filipinos from the Philippines and abroad are also travelling to Rome to witness the Consistory.
Prior to his installation as Archbishop of Manila on December 12, 2011, Cardinal-designate Tagle who is now 55 was former Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite.
The Philippine Government will be sending Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as special envoy to the installation rites after being designated by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Binay will leave today for Rome.