Tagle remaining Filipino cardinal eligible to vote for next pope

Published March 12, 2019, 5:30 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Leslie Ann Aquino 

Of the three living Filipino cardinals, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will be the only one eligible to vote for the successor of Pope Francis in the event that a conclave is convened.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle during the opening of Philippine Conference on New Evangelization 2018 at UST on Wednesday. (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
(Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

This, after retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo turned 80 on March 11.

Only cardinals below the age of 80 may participate in the conclave.

The other Filipino cardinal retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales is already 86.

As a cardinal-elector, the 61-year-old Tagle will also automatically be considered a candidate for the papacy.

Like Rosales, Quevedo also never had an opportunity to join a conclave to elect a new pope.

Rosales, who retired in 2011, became cardinal only 10 months after Pope Benedict XVI was elected in April 2005, following the death of Pope John Paul II. He was elevated to the cardinalate February 2006.

Quevedo, on the other hand, was elevated to the cardinalate only in February 2014 by Pope Francis nearly a year after he became pontiff.

Quevedo is the eighth cardinal from the Philippines and the first from Mindanao.