Sourced from the Web by Tracy Cabrera
VATICAN CITY, ROME — Showing his apparent trust in the Pinoy cardinal, who already leads as its current dean the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples or Propaganda Fide at the Vatican, Pope Francis has once again appointed Cardinal Luis Tagle in a new position in the Catholic Church—this time as a new member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See that manages and deals with church assets.
At the same time, Pope Francis also appointed Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson with Tagle to the same body.
With his new appointment, Filipino Catholics greeted Tagle with warm congratulatory greetings that showed the unwavering support of most Pinoys to the former Archbishop of Manila.
“Proud to be Filipino! The Holy Father has once again appointed Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (to a key post), this time as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. Thank you so much, Holy Father, for the trust and confidence that you have given to our beloved Cardinal Chito,” a Catholic group called ‘A Church in Action’ said in a social media post.
Chito is a nickname that Cardinal Tagle often goes by.
Tagle’s new responsibilities now include managing the Catholic Church’s assets around the world, including priceless works of art at the Vatican and elsewhere.
Several churchgoers believed Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Tagle because he required someone who had a “lesser” interest in material possessions but who would manage the office well.
“Pope Francis knew Cardinal Chito’s simplicity and that he is not attached to material things and money. These qualities are essential in someone who manages church assets and properties. Detachment is important in making correct decisions,” Mario Sarmiento from Manila said in an interview by the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News).
Sarmiento recalled how Cardinal Tagle started his ministry as a pastor in Imus, his hometown in Cavite province, south of the capital, Manila.
“He used to ride a bike going to the seminary where he taught. Even when he became a bishop, he rode a bus. He even said in one of his homilies that he wore the same watch his parents gave him when he was young . . . this is the kind of simplicity that we as a church need today,” Tagle’s childhood friend concluded. (AI/MTVN)