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Pope Francis names Cardinal Tagle as cardinal bishop

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Pope Francis promoted Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, former archbishop of Manila, to the rank of cardinal bishop, the highest title of a cardinal in the Catholic Church.

The Vatican announcement on Friday, May 1, said the pope “decided to co-opt in the Order of Bishops” Cardinal Tagle, awarding him the title of a “suburbicarian Church.”

A “suburbicarian church” is a church located in the vicinity of Rome with a cardinal bishop as titular prelate.

Cardinal Tagle, 62, joins the ranks of 13 other cardinal bishops — 10 of them are from the Latin Church and three cardinal patriarchs from the Oriental Rites.

The College of Cardinals is structured in three ranks: cardinal deacons, cardinal priests, and cardinal bishops.

Cardinal bishops hold jurisdiction over a church in a suburb of Rome, while working in departments of the Roman Curia, the central administration of the church.

Cardinal deacons, often called “the pope’s cabinet,” also work full time in the curia, while cardinal priests are those working in dioceses all over the world.

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