Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Saddened On Pope's Resignation

Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was saddened after hearing the announcement of the Vatican pope that he will be resigning from his position on the last day of the month, February 28.

When asked on an interview whether he has a chance to be the next pontiff, Cardinal Tagle said that all cardinals are automatically has a chance to be the next Catholic leader. He however added that this is not like an election where you can campaign.

This is after reports where many Filipinos are excited to have a Filipino pope.

Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz however said that the chance that Tagle to become the next pope is slim. “In reality, mahirap sapagkat ano man sabihin natin, mga cardinals sa iba’t ibang bansa mas nagkakakila-kilala sila…[sa mga] kakayahan . . . Tayo iisa ang cardinal natin. Paano naman sya mahahalal? In reality mahihirapan.” - Cruz said on an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

Meanwhile below is the official statement of Cardinal Tagle over the pope's sudden resignation.

"Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the ministry as Bishop of Rome on February 11, 2013 came as a surprise. The announcement also brought sadness to us. We felt like children clinging to a father who bids them farewell. But sadness gives way to admiration for the Holy Father’s humility, honesty, courage and sincerity. His paramount desire is to promote the greater good of the Church. We know that the Papal ministry is not an easy task. So we thank Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected Pope at the rather advanced age of 78, for selflessly guiding the Church these past eight years with his teaching, simplicity and gentleness.

I am inviting all of you to pray for Pope Benedict XVI especially as he devotes the coming years at the service of the Church through a life of prayer. Let us also pray for the Cardinal Fathers who will elect a new Pope in the coming conclave. In this Year of Faith, let us fix our eyes on Jesus the Good Shepherd. With Him and the Life-giving Spirit, we will journey towards the Father and the Kingdom of God with much hope and love."


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