Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Tagle as the new Archbishop of Manila

 Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle

The Archdiocese of Manila has a new Archbishop.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, Pope Benedict XVI, appointed Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle as the new Archbishop of Manila on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Before the appointment, Archbishop Tagle served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Imus in Cavite.

According to the President of the powerful Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Archbishop Tagle “... is God’s gift to the people of Manila because he is not only a deeply religious man, he is also, despite of his youth a recognized figure not only nationally but also internationally as a theologian and as a speaker. His face and voice are familiar in the Vatican. He is a blessing to us Filipinos because we Catholics in the Philippines look up to this prime archdiocese also for leadership.

The Archbishop-elect was born in Manila on June 21, 1957. He attended his elementary and secondary years at Saint Andrew’s School in Paranaque City while he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree at San Jose Seminary.  He earned his Master of Arts in Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University and eventually earned his Doctor of Theology in the Catholic University of America.

He was a member of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, a theological body of the Roman Catholic Church, in Vatican City which was headed by Pope Benedict XVI before.

Archbishop Tagle is the 32nd Archbishop of Manila making him the leader of 2.8 million Roman Catholics in Manila. He succeeded Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.

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