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Cardinal Tagle presiding the Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene

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Philippines: Cardinal Tagle might be the next pope

A London-based Roman Catholic website reported that Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines is one of the front-runners to succeed Pope Francis.

According to the report of the Catholic Herald, the Pope is said to favor Cardinal Tagle as his successor.

“While various names have been thrown around for the next Pope, such as Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet or Dutch Cardinal Wim Eijk on the conservative side — alongside compromise figures like Maltese Cardinal Mario Grech or Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi — the Pope is said to favor Cardinal Tagle or Italian Cardinal and Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin,” the report stated.

Pope Francis, 85, earlier denied having any immediate plans to retire but has stated in several interviews that he would do so when the time is right.

Rumors of his retirement sparked after the Vatican canceled his trip due to some health concerns.

Pope Francis says that he should probably slow down and that “the door is open,” for him to step down when needed. BKM/ Expat Media


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