THE House of Representatives is set to extend to His Most Reverend Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, a Congressional commendation following his elevation as one of the new Cardinal-designates of the Catholic Church.
Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing (5th Dsitrict, Manila) on October 7 filed House Resolution 2853 “expressing congratulations and admiration to Archbishop Luis Tagle whom His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI elevated as Cardinal during his general audience on October 24, 2012 at the Vatican.”
“The Catholic Church of the Philippines and the entire country accept as a great honor the Vatican’s recent announcement,” Bagatsing stressed.
It was likewise announced that the new Cardinal-designate will be named to the College of Cardinals in a Papal consistory on November 24, 2012.
The rise of the young Cardinal-designate, Bagatsing stated, could be historically traced when he was ordained as priest on February 27, 1982, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Imus on October 22, 2001 and consecrated on December 12, 2001, and on December 13, 2011 was appointed by the Holy See as Archbishop of Manila and installed as such on December 12, 2011.
Bagatsing noted that Archbishop Tagle expressed that he remains grateful to the Holy Father for his trust and confidence in including him as one of the cardinal designates.
The Church sees Archbishop Tagle as a man filled with humility and gentleness and who identifies with his flock as a chosen shepherd not only of the Philippines but of Asia, the resolution states.
The Metropolitan See of Manila, composed of a population of 2.8 million Roman Catholics, is strengthened with the forthcoming appointment of Archbishop Tagle who is highly respected theologian in the Catholic Church, Bagatsing added.
“The entire City of Manila is proud to have as the head of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Manila duly appointed young and charismatic Cardinal-designate,” the lawmakers said.