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Cardinal Tagle has equal chance to be elected Pope

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MANILA, Feb. 26, 2013—As the world watches with anticipation the election of a new Pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, a Catholic archbishop has stressed that the sole Filipino Cardinal has an equal chance to be elected Pope.

Lingayen-Dagupan Emeritus Archbishop Oscar Cruz in a forum said that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has an equal chance to be elected as much as other cardinal-electors have.

“Of course, most of the cardinals will elect those whom they know because they are already aware of his qualifications, capacity and has proven his ability. As far as age is concerned, the cardinal is 56 and when John Paul II was elected Pope, he was 58 at that time, so there is no problem with the age,” Cruz said.

“But the only problem is, if a cardinal is new, other cardinals don’t yet know things about you, your knowledge, skills, how you handle your administration. And also, other countries have a lot of cardinal-electors unlike in our country, we only have one elector. Cardinal Tagle will encounter these problems as a new member of the College of Cardinals,” he added.

But the archbishop stressed that the Filipino cardinal is no doubt knowledgeable and holy.

“He is a very powerful fellow, humble and good. I haven’t seen him mad, he is always smiling, so I think he’s good,” Cruz furthered.

Three days from now, 117 Cardinals from all over the world will start converging in the Vatican to elect a new Pope after Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation takes effect on February 28 at 8 p.m., Rome time.

Following his resignation on February 28, Pope Benedict will be known as emeritus-pope or will simply be called Your Holiness Benedict XVI.

The Catholic Church is also calling on all faithful to pray for the Cardinals during the conclave. (Jandel Posion)

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4 Responses to Cardinal Tagle has equal chance to be elected Pope

  1. CBCP logo looks like 66… which is the sign of satanism 666. if you can redesign the logo, must better….

    nel baron
    February 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

  2. Regarding Cardinal Tagle, the Holy Spirit will have, humanly speaking, hard time deciding whether to make him pope or not. The Spirit’s dilemma: Cardinal Chito has clear charisma, the reason he roams the world for retreats of Bishops, Priests and Lay People – he definitely is a teacher and communicator par excellence. The reason he is main speaker in world religious affairs like the Eucharistic Congress in Canada, Ireland, etc. He gives retreats for the masses in standing room Araneta Colosseum and the like, holds live and alive concerts everywhere, a way of evangelisation. He has that television most popular Bible Study/Reflection in his weekly The Word Exposed. Will Cardinal Chito be boxed into and limited by his being Pope cutting the expression of the just described charisma for which he is gifted by the Holy Spirit? That is one horn of the dilemma for the Holy Spirit.

    The second horn is this. The Holy Spirit must also be considering for the papacy the youth and talents of Cardinal Tagle who can continue the traditions of the Church and infuse fresh ways in the Vatican and the world church for more effective dialogue with all peoples, religions, nations and institutions.

    By the way, the Holy Spirit has not texted me on this matter – so this is mere speculation which i hope is not approaching heresy.

    dominador medina
    March 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

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