Cardinal Luis Tagle's appointment to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life comes at a crucial time, one ecclesiologist said.
Decades of bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives was declared over when the Philippine government on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Hundreds have been killed in the Philippines allegedly by members of the security forces since 2001, including the brother of retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla.
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Recently inducted to the College of Cardinals, Orlando Quevedo is likened to Pope Francis in the way he leads by example and keeps close to the people. He also has a long history of fighting oppression and abuses during periods of conflict in the Philippines.
A champion for the disadvantaged and for fair government practices, Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan adds helping abused overseas workers to her work for social justice in the Philippines.
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila urged students and young professionals to follow the example of Christ’s life, suffering and crucifixion as a model of Christian leadership.
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Leaders representing Manila's poor asked the cardinal that church representatives visit their communities to talk about their living conditions.
Steps taken by Pope Francis, including several pronouncements, are seen as a model for Catholics in the Philippines about what it means to be church leader and member. Surveys for the 2013 Catholic Directory of the Philippines recorded 76.18 million baptized Catholics amid the country's population of an estimated 96.71 million people.