Cardinal Tagle poised to be reelected as Caritas chief

Cardinal Tagle poised to be reelected as Caritas chief

This Oct. 19, 2015 photo shows Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of Caritas Internationalis, giving a food bag to a refugee family as they arrive at a transit camp in Idomeni, Greece, on the border of Macedonia. PAUL HARING/CNS

By Roy Lagarde

May 22, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila is likely to be reelected as president of Caritas Internationalis.

A source said that Tagle is all but certain to fill the post again after he was renominated unopposed.

The cardinal is expected to be confirmed for a second four-year term at the Caritas general assembly in Rome from May 23 to 28.

The assembly, which is held every four years, will elect a new secretary general, treasurer, and other senior officials.

The meeting will also outline and design the confederation’s strategic direction for the next four years.

Cardinal Tagle was first elected to head Caritas in 2015, making him the first president from Asia.

His reelection comes as the Vatican is making significant efforts to take a lead in environmental protection.

It also comes as Pope Francis continue to put the plight of immigrants and refugees at the forefront of his papacy.

As Caritas chief, the post has allowed him to travel the world to deliver speeches, including visits to disaster areas and conflict zones.

Cardinal Tagle, along with 31 other prelates from Metro Manila and northern Luzon, are currently in Rome for their ad Limina visit.