Tagle gets new Vatican post

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    CARDINAL Luis Antonio Tagle, former archbishop of Manila and currently prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed by Pope Francis as member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

    The Pope announced Tagle’s appointment on Wednesday, together with that of the other new members.

    The Pontifical Council is the central office of the Church for the promotion of inter-religious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

    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.

    Tagle was appointed just last December 8 as the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Holy See. Last May, the Vatican announced Tagle’s elevation to the “Order of Cardinal Bishops” which is the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.

    Among the members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines who welcomed Tagle’s latest appointment were Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Emeritus Antonio Ledesma, and Sorsogon Bishop Emeritus Arturo Bastes.