Pope Benedict XVI appoints Bishop Chito Tagle as Manila Archbishop!

CFC FFL wholeheartedly supports Bishop Chito Tagle as he has just been appointed ArchBishop of Manila. We will continue to pray for you and your role as shepherd.

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As from CBCP News:

MANILA, October 13, 2011— Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a known theologian, as the new archbishop of Manila.

At 54, Tagle will succeed Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales who served the influential post for eight years.

Archbishop-elect Tagle’s appointment was officially announced in Rome on October 13 at 12:00 noon (6:00 pm, Manila time).

The information was officially received by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Thursday in a communiqué from the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

“I write to inform you that the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed His Excellency Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle, until now Bishop of Imus, as Archbishop of Manila,” said Monsignor Gabor Pinter, Charge D’ Affaires.

Rosales, who just turned 79 years old last August 16, earlier said that the Vatican has already accepted his resignation early this year and was just waiting for his successor to be named.

The cardinal submitted his resignation in 2007 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for prelates, but the pontiff extended his term indefinitely.

Born in Manila on June 21, 1957, Tagle took his Philosophy and Theology at the Ateneo De Manila University’s San Jose Major Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on February 27, 1982, at the age of 25.

From 1985 to 1992, he was sent for further studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

Since 1997, Tagle is a member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican. In 1998, he was an expert at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia that took place in Rome.

On December 12, 2001, he was ordained Bishop of Imus. Since then, his activities have been as numerous as in the past. He travels throughout the country in answer to many invitations as a speaker.

At the Synod of Bishops held in Rome in 2005, he was elected member of the post-synodal Council and assistant to Cardinal Angelo Scola, general reporter of this Synod.

Tagle is currently the chairman of the Commission on Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

No date yet has been set for the ordination and installation of the new Manila archbishop. (CBCPNews)


  1. Thanks be to God. I admire archbishop-elect chito tagle. He is a great blessing to the archdiocese of Manila and the entire Philippine Catholic Church!

  2. That's our great mentor and friend at Loyola and San Jose. Blessed be God because of Bp. (now Archbishop) Chito's appointment to the Archbishopric and for his exemplary leadership in school, in the community and in the Church.

  3. When Chito Tagle was entering his Senior Year at San Jose Seminary, he accepted to be our CFM-Marikina (Unit-1) Chaplain attending our CFM Monthly Meetings. As Chaplain, he would update & enlighten us on the latest Church Teachings. Likewise, he did say that his Monthly Encounter with us (troubled Couples ever committed to our Marital Vows) was a strong encouragement for him to be ever faithful to his Calling as God's Priest. At one Meeting, I asked him the question: "What is a Sacrament?" And I would never forget his simple Answer: "A special moment of Grace". I found Chito Tagle a humble brilliant young man with the capacity to translate & to transform complex Church Doctrines into simple Lessons-of-Life. As he has been appointed recently as the Archbishop-of-Manila, at still a young age, he might just be the "1st Asian Pope" – in God's Time. God bless Bishop Chito!!!

    • That, for me, is Fr Chito's greatest talent (next of course to his compassion to the marginalized). He can easily relate both philosophy and theology to the person he is talking to despite the highly "formalistic" language of Vatican documents that he is accustomed to as a distinguished member of the International Theological Commission and as a Peritus of the Synod of Bishops.

  4. Thank you Lord for Cardinal Chito Tagle, a very simple servant of the Most High. Thank you Pope Benedict XVI for appointing Cardinal Tagle. The Philippines is so blessed with him. I heard him talked in the Rivers of Living Water Catholic Charismatic in megamall, very inspiring and true. Thank you Lord.

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