- Apr 13, 2021
Personnel is always policy in the Eternal City, which makes Pope Francis’s choice Sunday to name the 62-year-old Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples a key move indeed.
Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate’s chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself.
In the Italian media, the Vatican official seemingly being presented as the fall guy for the latest Vatican financial scandal is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, currently the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who was the number two official in the Secretariat of State when the transaction was initially made and who oversaw much of its subsequent history.
“In Christ,” Pope Francis said, “our life is itself a mission! We are mission, because we are God’s love poured out, God’s holiness created in his own image.”
The president of the bishops’ conference in the Ivory Coast has raised anew the problem of clergy who go abroad and never come home, often with no stable community or oversight.