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Pope names Cardinal Tagle to another Vatican post

Pope names Cardinal Tagle to another Vatican post

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. ERIC PAUL GUANLAO/RCAM AOC

By CBCP News

July 9, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as among the new members of the Vatican’s dicastery for interreligious dialogue.

Tagle was among the five other cardinals, five archbishops and 11 bishops appointed to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) on Wednesday.

As members, they will be working with Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, the council’s current president, who has held the post since May 2019.

Tagle’s new appointment came nearly five months after he assumed as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP).

According to Vatican News, the pontifical council is the central office of the Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue.

“It is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue,” it said.

As head of the Vatican office overseeing the church’s vast “mission territories” or where non-Christians are the majority of the population, Tagle’s appointment did not come as a surprise to some Filipino bishops.

“As prefect of this Vatican congregation, he must be a member of the Pontifical Council on Religious Dialogue,” said retired Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon.

Retired Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, former head of the bishops’ Commission on Interreligious Dialogue, also said Tagle’s new role sends a message to the Philippine church for the new evangelization.

“Since Cardinal Tagle comes from Asia, the birthplace of the world religions, and the Philippines is practically the only majority Christian country in Asia, this sends a message to us for the new evangelization,” he said.

When Tagle became cardinal in 2012, he was appointed member to at least 10 offices in the Vatican including the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerants, and the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” which is in charge of the pope’s charitable activities worldwide.

In 2015, he was elected president of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) and also became head of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of global Catholic charities.

And only last May, the pope elevated Tagle to the order of “cardinal bishops”, the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.

It is also from the ranks of cardinal bishops that the Dean of College of Cardinals is elected. The dean presides at the conclave in the case of “sede vacante”, a period when there is no pope.