Vatican City, 01 May, 2020 / 4:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has raised Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal bishop in a new sign of his esteem for the former Archbishop of Manila.
The Holy See press office said May 1 that the pope had designated the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as a cardinal bishop, along with Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
The elevation caps a rapid rise for Tagle, who only took up his new post in Rome this February.
He had previously served as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila from 2011 to 2020. He was a high-profile figure at the 2018 youth synod. A year later Pope Francis named him head of the powerful Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, replacing Cardinal Fernando Filoni.
Tagle has been president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 national Catholic relief and development agencies, since 2015.