In a move that may signal Pope Francis’ plan for the reform of the Roman Curia is close to completion, the pope has named Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
The 62-year-old cardinal succeeds Cardinal Fernando Filoni, 73, who since 2011 had led the Vatican office overseeing the Church’s vast mission territories.
Announcing Cardinal Tagle’s appointment on 8th December, the Vatican also announced that Cardinal Filoni would become grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Cardinal Filoni succeeds US Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, 80, as grand master of the organisation that supports Catholics in the Holy Land.
In a statement released by the order, Cardinal O’Brien thanked Pope Francis for allowing him to continue as grand master for five years after he submitted his resignation at the age of 75.
“Throughout my more than eight years as grand master, my personal faith and love of our Church have deepened as I have witnessed our members’ commitment to the goals of our order, expressed in different cultures and languages, all profoundly Catholic,” Cardinal O’Brien said.
Picture: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, is pictured in Rome on 6th May 2018. In a move that may signal Pope Francis’ plan for the reform of the Roman Curia is close to completion, the Vatican announced on 8th December 2019, the pope has named Cardinal Tagle prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).